India’s attempts to leave a mark at the Asian Athletics scene saw a big boost at the 2015 Asian Athletics Championship. There have been some encouraging performances throughout the meet by Indian athletes. At the end of the competition, India finished strongly in the medal tally. The nation finished third behind China and Qatar respectively. Here is a look back at how the meet went for India.
Indrajeet Singh Strikes Gold
Indrajeet Singh surprised everyone by taking home the gold medal in the shot put event on day one. The 26-year old cleared a distance of 20.41 to clinch the yellow metal. He had earlier won a gold in the Federation Cup as well. He has already secured qualification for the Rio Olympics. Fans will be hoping that he can carry this form on the big stage in 2016.
There is still a lot of firepower in store for India and the athletes will look to improve the medal tally before the meet wraps up. Expectations will be high when it comes to PT Usha’s students Tintu Luka and Jisna Matthew as both the athletes have been performing exceptionally well in recent times.
Medals Galore On Day Two for India At Asian Athletics Championships
Indians snatched two silver medals and two bronze medals on the second day taking the medal tally at the end of day two to five. The silver medals came thanks to Lisky Joseph and MR Poovamma. Poovamma clocked in at 53.07 seconds in the 400m event to get her medal while Joseph had a personal best of 5554 points in the Heptathlon event.
Elsewhere, Govindan Lakshmanan brought in the bronze medal with a timing of 13:36:62 in the 5000 metres Men’s category. The second bronze for India came from Purnima Hembram. The 21-year-old girl from Odisha finished just behind Poovamma with 5511 points.
Golden Day Four
Day three of the championships saw no medals coming India’s way. On day four, the athletes made amends for it. Vikas Gowda was the first to strike gold. India’s top discus thrower recorded a distance of 62.02m and won the gold with a narrow lead over Kuwaiti Eisa Zankawi (61.57m).
Later in the evening session, Lalita Babbar won the gold in the 3000m steeplechase event by clocking a time of 9:34.13. In her attempt to grab gold, Lalita broke her own national record of 9:35.37 and qualified for the Rio Olympics 2016.
Lakshmanan Govindan, who had earlier won a bronze on day two in the 5000m race, won a silver on day four in the 10000m race.
India ends campaign on a high note
India ended their Asian Athletics Championship campaign on a high note. PT Usha’s student, Tintu Luka secured her first international gold in the 400m. She clocked in a time of 2:01.53 seconds. Elsewhere, Jinson Johnson clinched silver in the 800m men’s category as well. Bronze medals from Dharambir Singh and Srabani Nanda then ensured a solid ending for India in the Asian Athletics Championship.
India finished third in the medal tally with 4 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze medals. China finished on the top while Qatar finished second.
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