The 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2023 saw yesterday a thrilling day of action, with Japan, China, and India securing victories in their respective matches.
In the match of the Pool A, hosts China demonstrated their prowess with a clear straight-set victory against Kyrgyzstan, partially 25:19, 25:18 and 25:18 at China Textile Center Gymnasium in Hangzhou.
In the second match of the Pool F Japan played against Indonesia and, despite the absence of their star players, Japan secured the match in straight sets too with scores 25:18, 25:20 and 25:18.
This was Japan’s second straight-set win in a row in the competition.
The third game of the day was probably the most exciting, between India and Korea at the Linping Sports Center Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China, India, despite their recent performance at the Urmia-hosted Asian Senior Championship in Iran, showcased lot determination and resilience, as they went on to defeat the silver medalists from the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, in a nail-biting five-setter (25:27, 29:27, 25:22, 20:25, 17:15) placing India at the top of Pool C.
Earlier, Pakistan, Philippines, Iran, and Qatar – emerged victorious in their respective Pool matches.
Pakistan start the day with an impressive win, shutting out Chinese Taipei 25:18, 25:20, 25:19.
This victory against the bronze medallists from the previous 2018 Jakarta Games, secured their position at the top of Pool D and, with two wins in a row, they now advance to the round of the last 12.
The Philippines bounced back from their initial setback against Indonesia to claim their first victory in this year’s edition.
They defeated Afghanistan with convincing scores of 25:23, 25:16, 25:12 while, in another big match of the day, reigning and two-time consecutive champions Iran, showcased their dominance by overpowering Nepal in a one-sided match. The scores were 25:9, 25:15, 25:13, marking their first victory in Pool B.
Qatar displayed resilience against a formidable Thai.
Despite a hard-fought game, they managed a dramatic four-set win, partially 25:16, 22:25, 25:19 and 25:19. This marks Qatar’s maiden victory in Pool E.
🏐| September 20, 2023
• China – Kyrgyzstan 3-0 (25:19, 25:18, 25:18)
• Iran – Nepal 3-0 (25:9, 25:15, 25:13)
• India – Korea 3-2 (25:27, 29:27, 25:22, 20:25, 17:15)
• Pakistan – Chinese Taipei 3-0 (25:18, 25:20, 25:19)
• Philippines – Afganistan 3-0 (25:23, 25:16, 25:12)
• Japan – Indonesia 3-0 (25:18, 25:20, 25:18)
• Qatar – Thailand 3-1 (25:16, 22:25, 25:19, 25:19)