Asian Athletics Championships: Silver Galore For India

On the second day of the Asian Athletics championships, MR Poovamma, Liksy Joseph, Purnima Hembram and Govindan Lakshmanan finished on the podium to bring glory to the country. Here’s a detailed report of how the Indian contingent fared at Wuhan on Day two of the event.


MR Poovamma: Reason for Wider Smiles

M R Poovamma Takes Silver :

It was an encore of Machettira Raju Poovamma’s performance in the Pune edition of the championships. After taking silver two years ago, Poovamma clocked 53.07 seconds to again take second place in the 400m event. The gold medal went to China’s Huizhen Yang (52.37 seconds) while Kazakhstan’s Anastassiya Kudinova took bronze for her performance of 53.41 seconds.

In the men’s category of the 400m, India’s hopes lay on Arokya Rajeev. The Asian games bronze medalist, however, could conjure only a seventh place finish (46.65 seconds).

Liksy Joseph Shines:

Heptathlete Liksy Joseph took silver with a personal best of 5554 points, while compatriot Purnima Hembram scored 5511 points to clinch bronze. Joseph came in first in the 800 metres event (2:13:44), which helped her seal the silver. She clocked 15.05 seconds in 100 metres hurdles and 25.18 seconds in the 200 metres event, cleared 1.71 metres in high jump, 10.74 metres in shot put, 6.19 metres in long jump and 35.47 metres in javelin throw.

The men’s 5000 metres final saw Govindan Lakshmanan get his hands on the bronze medal, with a personal best of 13:36.62 seconds.

Other Results:

Ankit Sharma came within touching distance of the bronze in the long jump finals (7.76 metres), while Kumar Prem came in fifth (7.69 metres).

In the men’s 4×100 metres relay, the Indian team came in at the sixth position finishing at 39.67 seconds. The team, comprising of Shankar Debnath, Rane Umar, Amiya Kumar Mallick and Abdul Najeeb Qureshi, had qualified for the event with a third place finish in the first sound (40.09 seconds). The women’s 4×100 metres relay team narrowly missed the podium, as it finished fourth clocking at 44.73 seconds.

So this is how the Indian contingent fared at Wuhan on the second day of the Asian Athletics Championships. For the first day’s report, click here. For more, stay tuned to Sports Rediscovered.

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