Asian Athletics Championships: Indian athletes bags four gold on Day 2


Bhubaneswar: On Friday India seized four gold medals 2nd day of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships. Indian Haryana athlete Nirmala Sheoran commenced the gold binge for the hosts by succeeding the women 400m and shortly Muhammad Anas did an encore in the 400 men’s event. Rajiv Arokia and Jisna Mathew won silver and a bronze in men’s and women’s 400m correspondingly.

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PU Chitra and Ajay Kumar Saroj capture a yellow in each men’s and women’s 1500m race. Women athlete Dutee Chand bagged for a bronze in 100m prior to Tejinder Pal Singh Toor seized silver in men’s shot put with an attempt of 19.77m as India captured four gold, two silver and two bronze on a very productive day.

All the gold winners from this championship get an automatic license for the World Championships to be conducted in London in subsequently month. India seized 15 medals with six gold, three silver and six bronze to be at top the medal tally. China is second with four gold, three silver and two bronze at the conclude of the second day.

The 21-year-old Sheoran clocked 52.01 seconds whereas young Jisna Mathew (53.32) finishes third. Vietnam’s Quach Thi was second in (52.78 seconds). Veteran Indian M R Poovamma was fourth in 53.36 seconds. Just five minutes afterward, Indian men quatermilers Muhammad Anas and Rajiv Arokia concluded first and second, clocking 45.77 and 46.14 seconds correspondingly.

Anas further conveyed that, it’s a dream come true. Today I was emotional following winning as I ran four races in two days. The 22-year-old Indian Kerala athlete Chitra clocked 4 minute 17.92 seconds to win the race to conclude second placed Geng Min of China (4:19.15) and Ayako Jinnouchi (4:19.90) of Japan.

Chitra further added that, it is a surprise I have won gold. I did not expect it. I don’t know what to say. I am very happy. Chitra’s male partner, 20-year-old Saroj finished the four-gold pull in a traverse of dazzling 30 minutes by completing the race in 3 minutes 45.85 seconds.

Dutee had fit the bill for the last round of ladies’ 100m dash in the wake of completing second in the elimination rounds warm two with a period of 11.56 seconds while another Odisha competitor Amiya Kumar Mallick was excluded after a false begin in men’s 100m run.

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“I won’t state that I am baffled. I am content with a bronze before my home group and I will take it. I thought I would in any event fit the bill for the World Championships however couldn’t do it because of rain. The conditions are bad for 100m dash,” she said. Dutee’s mentor N Ramesh stated, “We realized that these two Kazakh competitors are better runners. There individual bests are superior to anything that of Dutee’s, quite recently over 11 seconds.