Golfers win team silver.
Coming from a modest background, this was indeed a big day for Rashid, who before this had won the Faldo Series Asia twice. Yet, for one who is now at the crossroads and contemplating turning pro, this was a big medal in his career.
Rashid (72), alongwith teammates Abhinav Lohan (72), Abhijit Singh Chadha (76) and Rahul Bajaj (72) guided India to finish second in the team event with a total of 10 over 874 score.
India's total was 32 shots short of the gold medal winner South Korean team comprising Meen Whee Kim, Kyoung Hoon Lee, Jaehyeok Lee and Ilhwan Park. Chinese Taipei finished one stroke adrift of India to clinch bronze medal.
As if to show that they are a force to reckon with at the Asian Games, South Korea won all the four gold medals up for grabs with big margins. The other teams were left fighting it out for medals of lesser hue on a sunny and pleasant day.
South Korean Kim Meen Whee aggregated 16-under 273 to clinch gold in individual category. He was 10 shots ahead of silver medalist Miguel Luis Tabuena (282) of Philippines while the bronze went to Chien Hung Yao (283) of Chinese Taipei.
On a day, when each of three counting Indian players played a par round, Rashid was unlucky to miss out on an individual bronze. He finished in a tie for fourth, two shots behind bronze medallist Hung Yao.
For the record, this was India's sixth medal in golf in Asian Games history. They had won three medals in New Delhi in 1982, including men's gold in team and individual.
In 2002 at Busan, Shiv Kapur won the men's gold and in 2006 India won the silver in team.
"I am more than happy with the silver medal the Indian team won. The individual medal would have been a bonus, but it's fine," said Rashid Khan, who bogeyed on the last hole and yet kept India ahead in the race for a silver medal.
"China has always been a good hunting ground for me. I won the Faldo Series Asia tournament twice here and was third once and now this medal. I am happy we managed to keep up the silver medal we won four years ago," added Rashid.
Bajaj, who had his best round of the week, said, "I have been playing way below my potential for last three days. I am glad I was able to do my bit for the team with a par round."
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