Asian Games: Fouaad Mirza Wins Individual Equestrian Silver For India After 36 Years

Palembang: Fouaad Mirza on Sunday became the first Indian to win an Asian Games individual medal in the equestrian event since 1982, besides securing a second-place finish in the team competition. Mirza won the silver medal in individual jumping with a score of 26.40. Japan’s Oiwa Yoshiaki bagged gold with a score of 22.70 while China’s Hua Tian Alex won the bronze medal with a score of 27.10.

Apart from Mirza, the Indian Equestrian team consisting of Jitender Singh, Rakesh Kumar and Ashish Malik also bagged the silver with a score of 121.30. Fouaad has been training under German Olympian Bettina Hoy and is the first Indian to win an individual silver in equestrian event.

The 26-year-old had earlier led the Indian team to victory in the first two trials at the Asian Games CCI equestrian event held at Montelibretti in Italy last year. On the basis of his performance, he had emerged as the spearhead for the Asian Games 2018.

After a commendable victory in Italy, Mirza went on to compete in France before displaying his skills in a series of championships in Germany.

Fouaad’s win comes days after the Indian equestrian team’s hasty journey to the Indonesian capital, as the team had received accreditation only a day before it was scheduled to leave for the Asian Games.

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