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Asian Games: Kiran Baliyan Creates Shot Put History: Ends India’s 72-Year Medal Drought in Style

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India made a significant mark in athletics on the opening day of track and field events, securing a historic bronze medal. Kiran Baliyan achieved this feat by winning India’s first medal in women’s shot put in 72 years in Asian Games on Friday.

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Baliyan, aged 24, displayed her exceptional skills by propelling the shot put to an impressive distance of 17.36 meters during her third attempt, marking her best performance of the day and opening India’s medal tally.

This accomplishment establishes Kiran Baliyan as only the second Indian to earn a medal in the women’s shot put event at the Asian Games. The first was Barbara Webster, an Anglo-Indian hailing from then Bombay, who secured a bronze medal during the inaugural edition held in New Delhi in 1951.

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Baliyan, the daughter of a traffic police head constable in Meerut, found herself thrust into the world of shot put quite unexpectedly, when her name was mistakenly entered into a junior tournament nine years ago.

Another Indian competitor, Manpreet Kaur, secured a fifth-place finish with her best throw measuring 16.25 meters. In the women’s 400m race, Himanshi Malik had a disappointing performance for the second time in less than three weeks, coming in fifth in her heat and failing to advance to the finals.

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