Asian Athletics Championships 2019 Day 3: Three More Medals for India

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Swapna Barman in association with the 4x400m relay team bagged silvers on third day of the Asian Athletics Championships 2019 in Doha. Sanjivani Jadhav then clinched a bronze in the women’s 10,00m race. As a result of the three medals, India’s medal tally now stands at 13.

Swapna Shines

Ekaterina Voronina of Uzbekistan upset Asian Games gold-medalist Swapna Barman to win the women’s heptathlon gold. However, she needed a world-best total of 6198 points to bag the yellow metal. Swapna, who is the first Indian to win an Asian Games heptathlon gold, registered her best performances in the 200m as well as the shot put. In fact, she topped the high jump. However, Barman seemed to have lost important points in the javelin throw – she could manage only 46.83m there. Her personal best in the event stands at 50.63m.

Mixed Relay Team Wins Silver

India’s second silver medal of the day came through the mixed relay team including M. R. Poovamma, Muhammed Anas, Arokia Rajiv and V.K. Vismaya. The quartet clocked 3:16.47s to finish second on the podium in the 4x400m event. India dearly missed the services of Hima Das, who unable to the compete in the 400m event owing to a back pain.

The women’s 4x100m relay team had the chance of winning a bronze. But a baton exchange fumble in the last leg meant that couldn’t happen. As a result, the team of V. Revathi, Archana Suseendran, Dutee Chand, and K. Ranga had to suffice with the fourth finish at 43.81s. China, with 42.87s, won the gold with Kazakhstan and Bahrain taking the silver and bronze respectively.

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Sanjivani Wins Bronze

Long-distance runner Sanjivani Jadhav won India’s third medal of the day after claiming a bronze on the women’s 10,000m final. She ran spectacularly in the last phase to finish on the podium.

Parul Chaudhary, who had bagged the women’s 5000m bronze on the opening day, had to suffice with a fifth finish at the 3000m steeplechase event. Nonetheless, she registered a personal best time of 10:03.43s. Kenya-born Yavi Winfred Mutile of Bahrain won the yellow metal in 9:46.18s, her second gold at the ongoing championships.

Reigning champion Ajay Kumar Saroj also qualified for the men’s 1500m final after a second finish in the semifinal with a timing of 3:49.20s. However, India’s medal hope and Asian Games champion Jinson Johnson couldn’t participate owing to a calf injury he suffered in the 800m race on Monday.

Dutee Enters 200m final

Having missed a medal in the women’s 100m sprint on Monday, Dutee Chand won her 200m semifinal heats with a time of 23.33s. Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain was the fastest athlete in the qualifiers, breaking the championships record with a timing of 22.84s.

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