PU Chitra smartly outplayed the Bahrainis defend her women’s 1500m gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championship at the Khalifa Stadium on Wednesday. The result meant that India finished the competition with a tally of 17 medals, including 3 gold, 7 silver medals, and 7 bronze.
Even though Bahrain’s former under-18 World champion Yavi Winfred and Gashaw Tigest did give Chitra the run for her money. But the 23-year-old was more than capable to handle them. She brilliantly overtook Yavi, who has already won two gold medals in the competition, on the last curve. Chitra then beat a tiring Gashaw on the final stretch of the race to finish on the top of the podium with a time of 4:14.56s. With that, the native of Palakkad, Kerala won an automatic berth at the World Championships in Doha to be held in September. Gashaw came second with a time of 4:14.81s.
“(I) got a bit nervous towards the end as I was next to Gashaw. She’d beaten me in the Asian Games where I finished 3rd. I’d to really push hard in the end,” said Chitra after her impressive victory.
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Ajay Saroj Wins Silver
Her compatriot and defending champion, Ajay Kumar Saroj won a silver in the men’s 1500m. Abraham Rotich finished at the top with a time of 3:42.85s. Although Saroj and Musaab Ali of Qatar had the same time of 3:43.18s, the Indian seemed to be slightly ahead towards the end.
Indian Women’s 4x400m relay team of Sarita Ben Gayakwad, Prachi, M.R. Poovamma, and V.K. Vismaya, made the country proud by winning the silver medal with the season-best timing of 3:32.21s. Yet again, it was Bahrain who went away with the gold at 3:32.10s.
Bronze Consolation for Dutee
Elsewhere, Dutee Chand shocked 2018 Asian Games gold medallist from Bahrain – Edidiong Odiong – to win a bronze medal. The win would be a good consolation for the previous disappointing performance in the 100m and the sprint relay. Bahrain’s Salwa won the the gold in with the record time of 22.74s, half second faster that Dutee’s 23.24.
Sanjivani Jadhav registered a personal best time of 32:44.96 to win the women’s 10,000m bronze on Tuesday night. Bahrain’s Ethiopia-born Shitaye Habtegebriel was the winner after having registered a championships’ record time of 31:15.62s.
Here is the complete medal tally of the 2019 Asian Athletics Championship:
|10||Chinese Taipei (TPE)||1||2||1||4|
|17||Hong Kong (HKG)||0||0||1||1|
|17||Sri Lanka (SRI)||0||0||1||1|
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