SUDHA SINGH LEADS INDIA’S CHARGE

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SUDHA SINGH LEADS INDIA’S CHARGE WITH STEEPLECHASE GOLD ON DAY 3

 

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WOMEN’S RELAY TEAM TAKES BRONZE; ANU AND JABIR WIN MEDALS IN RELAYS AT ASIAN ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Bhubaneswar, 8th July: After finishing runners-up on three occasions in past Asian Athletics Championships, Sudha Singh broke her jinx to stamp her authority on the women’s 3000m steeplechase, taking gold in front of a raucous crowd at the Kalinga Stadium. The 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games gold medal winner, who just last month claimed the gold at the Federation Cup, opened up a huge lead after the half-way mark and finished in 9:59.47, over 14 seconds ahead of silver medal winner Hyo Gong of DPR Korea, and nearly 20 seconds before Nana Sato of Japan. The other Indian on the field, Parul Chaudhary, finished just outside the medals at fourth place.

 

Another productive day for India meant they extended their lead over China in the medals tally at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships after Day 3’s proceedings. With a clutch of medals including in today’s evening session, India now have 7 gold, 4 gold and 9 bronze medals taking the total medal count to 20, with China on 15.

 

A string of back-to-back sprint events rose the excitement amongst the crowd as the Indian women’s relay team finished in third place in the 4x100m relay. The team comprising of Merlin Joseph, Himashree Roy and Srabani Nanda kept pace with the rest of the field before local hero Dutee Chand took the team home in an inspired last stretch, somewhat softening the disappointment of the men’s team that was disqualified in the semi-final.

 

In the men’s race, China emerged victorious but it was Thailand who pulled off a major surprise with a second-place finish. Hong Kong completed the medals while Sri Lanka fell just behind.

 

There was more joy for India on the track with Anu R and Jabir MP winning silver and bronze medals in the women’s and men’s 400m hurdles respectively. Sheena NV, who until a few years ago competed in the 400m and hurdles herself, benefitted from switching to the triple jump as she won bronze in the women’s event which saw Kazakhstan take both gold and silver. Sheena had to wait until her sixth and final jump to produce her best effort of 13.42m to break into the top three.

 

Olympic champion DilshodNazarov continued his domination in the men’s hammer throw by winning his fifth Asian Championships gold, to add to his three consecutive Asian Games titles. The Tajikistani threw a distance of 76.69 in his last attempt, and while it wasn’t anywhere near his personal best, it was enough to take him to first place. Wang Shizhu of China couldn’t improve on his 73.81m throw in his second attempt and took silver by a whisker, with Lee Ywunchul of South Korea, who threw 73.77 in his last attempt.

 

The men’s high jump event produced an intense contest with Woo Sang-hyeok of Korea egging on the local crowd as it inspired him to hold off a stiff challenge from World Championship silver medalist, China’s Zhang Guowei, who again had to settle for silver. Majed Al Din Ghazal took third place, giving Syria their first medal at these Championships.

 

Kuwait dominated the men’s 100m hurdles with a one-two finish even as Siddhanth Thingalaya finished in fifth place, while Korea’s Jung Hyelim won gold in the women’s event.

 

The final day of the Asian Athletics Championships will have a string of medal events, with star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra in action, renewing his national rivalry with Davinder Singh, while Tintu Luka will look to repeat her gold-winning performance from the last edition in the women’s 800m. In the women’s heptathlon, Swapna Barman and Purnima Hembram will look to maintain their top two spots with three events remaining. 

 

Sanjivani Jadhav, who won bronze in the women’s 5000m on the opening day of the Championships, will return to compete in the 10000m, as will G Lakshmanan, who would try to make it a double gold in the distance events, after winning the men’s 5000m.

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