Crop of India’s Best Athletes Make It Big in Asian Athletics Championship 2019

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Asian Athletics Championship 2019
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Highlights

  • With the five medals on Monday, India's medal tally at the Asian Championships in Doha stands at 2 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze.
  • India had won 2 silver and 3 bronze on the first day on Sunday.
  • Shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor and Gomathi Marimuthu clinched a gold medal each to share the limelight on Day 2 of the championship.

Keeping the pressure in mind, Indian athletes got off to a flying start and bagged 5 medals (2 Silver, 3 Bronze) on Day 1 of the Asian Athletics Championship. However, Day 2 of the Championships saw the medal count successfully escalating and coming to rest at a whopping 10 medal haul so far, with 2 more days of the event still remaining.

Unheralded half miler Gomathi Marimuthu and shot putter Tejinderpal Singh Toor clinched a gold each to share the limelight.

 

The 30-year-old Gomathi clocked a personal best time of 2 minutes 02.70 seconds in the women’s 800m race to open India’s gold account.

“I did not realise until I crossed the finish line that I have won a gold medal. The last 150m was a very tight race,” Gomathi said later.

National record holder and pre-competition favourite Toor’s first-round throw of 20.22m was enough to fetch him a gold in the men’s shot put final at the Khalifa Stadium.

How other Indian athletes performed

 

Shivpal Singh then won the silver in men’s javelin throw by sending the spear to a distance of 86.23m, his personal best. He thus crossed the qualifying mark of 83m for the World Championships to be held at the same venue in September-October.

 

Earlier, Jabir Madari Palliyalil and Sarita Gayakwad secured the bronze medals in men’s and women’s 400m hurdles respectively.

Gayakwad began India’s medal rush on Monday as she won the bronze medal in the women’s 400m hurdles with a timing of 57.22, behind Vietnam’s Quach The Lan (56.10) and Bahrain’s Aminat Yusuf Jamal (56.39).

However, she missed out on qualifying for the World Championships as she needed a time of 56.00 or better.

Meanwhile, MP Jabir registered a personal best of 49.13s to finish third. He has also qualified for the World Championships (49.30s qualifying mark).

A disappointing finish for Dutee

Sprinter Dutee Chand finished a disappointing fifth in the women’s 100m dash final by clocking 11.44 seconds. She ran her worst race in the final after smashing her own national record twice in two days — in the heats (11.28) on Sunday and semifinals (11.26) on Monday.

However, in the men’s 400m, India suffered setbacks as defending champion Muhammed Anas and last edition silver winner Arokia Rajiv failed to win a medal.

Rajiv finished fourth with a personal best time of 45.37 seconds while Anas, who has been struggling after a leg injury in an accident last year, ended at eighth with a time of 46.10 seconds.

In men’s 800m final, Muhammed Afsal finished seventh with a time of 1:54.68 while Asian Games silver medallist Jinson Johnson was not able to complete the race.

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