Jitu Rai celebrates with his coach Mohinder Lal after winning the gold in the 50m Pistol Men’s event at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range on Saturday. Photo: APIndia’s Jitu Rai on Saturday emerged champion in the men’s 50 metre pistol event to give the country its first gold medal from the 17th Asian Games at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range while Indian badminton women’s team entered the quarterfinal after thrashing Macau 3-0 in their pre-quarterfinal tie at the Gyeyang Gymnasium.Jitu Rai’s gold was India’s second medal of the day from the shooting ranges. Shweta Chaudhry had won the bronze, the first medal for India from Incheon, in the 10m air pistol event earlier in the day.The World No. 5, who won the World Championship silver medal earlier this month to book the Olympic berth, shot a total of 186.2 in what was a rollercoaster final round. He had fired 559 in the qualification round to finish seventh and make the cut for the finals.The silver medal went to Vietnam’s Hoang Phuong Nguyen with a final score of 183.4 while China’s Wang Zhiwei settled for the bronze with a tally of 165.6.For the Indian Army shooter, 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, it was a bumpy ride to the gold medal. Starting at seventh place in the final round, he jumped to fourth and again dropped to sixth before making a tremendous recovery to clinch the gold medal.Among other Indians in fray, Om Prakash and Omkar Singh failed to qualify for the final round finishing 10th and 16th respectively. Om shot 555 while Omkar had a score of 551.advertisementThe Indian team comprising, Rai, Om and Omkar, finished fourth and missed the team bronze by five points. The team gold was won by Chinese trio Pang Wei, Pu Qifeng and Zhiwei with a total score of 1,692.In badminton, India’s singles stars Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu had comfortable victories while doubles pair of N. Sikky Reddy and Pradnya Gadre won convincingly in the third match of the tie.London Olympic 2012 bronze medallist Saina set the ball rolling for her team as she thrashed Wong kit Leng 21-6, 21-4. World No. 7 Saina, who came into the tournament, trained under Vimal Kumar at the Prakash Padukone Academy in Bangalore. She took 31 minutes to win the match over an inexperienced Kit Leng.Next up, double World Championships bronze medal winner and an in-form Sindhu completely dominated U Teng Lok 21-8, 21-9 to wrap up her match in 36 minutes.The doubles pair of Sikky-Pradnya defeated Zhibo Zhang-Rong Wang 21-16, 21-17. The Indian pair initially took time to adjust to get the momentum going in their favour and afterwards it was easy for them as they won in 45 minutes.Women’s team next plays a tough match against Thailand, who will be spearheaded by former world champion Ratchanok Intanon.The Indian men’s badminton team, however, lost to South Korea 0-3 in the pre-quarterfinals of the 17th Asian Games at the Gyeyang Gymnasium here on Saturday.Doubles pair of B. Sumeeth Reddy-Manu Attri, Kidambi Srikanth and recently-crowned Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, all lost their matches against the host nation.Srikanth, up against world No.7 Son Wan-ho, lost his match 14-21, 8-21 while the team of Reddy-Attri found the going hard against world No.1 pair of Yoo Yeon Seong-Lee Yong Dae, losing 12-21, 9-21 in an encounter which lasted just 35 minutes.The onus of keeping India in contention fell to world No.28 Kashyap, but the 28-year-old was stunned by world No.62 Lee Hyun Il.In weightlifting, India started their campaign on a dismal note as all three of them who took the field today finished in the bottom half of the table in their respective weight categories in both men’s and women’s divisions.In Women’s 48kg category, Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu — the gold and silver medallist of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games — came a cropper by finishing tenth and ninth respectively in a field of 13 weightlifters.Another Commonwealth gold medallist Sukhen Dey, meanwhile, finished a lowly 12th in men’s 56kg category out of 14 lifters. Placed in Group B of men’s 56kg, where six lifters competed, Sukhen ended at fifth place with a total of 242kg (106+136).Kazakhstan’s Margarita Yelisseyeva ran away with the gold in women’s 48kg category with an effort 194kg (88+106), while Sri Wahyuni Agustiani of Indonesia settled for a silver with a lift of 187kg (80+107) and Togoeva Mahliyo of Uzbekistan bagged a bronze with a total of 187 (81+106).In men’s 56kg, North Korea’s Om Yun Chol won the gold with a total of 298kg, which is now the new Asian Games record. He lifted 128kg in snatch before a world record 170kg effort in clean and jerk.Thach Kim Tua of Vietnam (total of 294kg) pocketed a silver and China’s Wu Jingbiao (288kg) finished with a bronze.advertisementIn Wushu, India’s Sanathoi Devi Yumnam reached quarterfinals after beating Mubarak Kamalova of Uzbekistan in Women’s Sanda -52kg. Ghosal Saurav defeated Alsaraj Ahmad Khaleel Ahmad of Jordan 11-2, 11-4, 11-3 to enter quarterfinals of Men’s Singles event.Dipika Pallikal defeated Jinyue Gu of China 11-6, 10-12, 11-6, 11-4 to enter quarterfinals of Women’s Singles event and Joshana Chinappa defeated South Korea’s Song Sunmi 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 to enter quarterfinals of Women’s Singles event.In volleyball, India defeated Hong Kong 23-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-21 in Men’s Preliminary Round – Group C match, and in basketball, India beat Palestine 89-49 in the Men’s Qualifying Round Group B Match.On Sunday, the events to take place are 10m Air Pistol Men’s Team Finals, Trap men’s Team Finals, Swimming, Water polo, Basketball, Cycling, football, gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Rowing, Tennis, Shooting, Squash, Volleyball and Weightlifting.