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  India bag 4 more gold, Dutee settles for bronze
BHUBANESWAR,07 Jul 2017 (Team Orisports)

There was plenty to cheer for fans at the Kalinga Stadium as India’s athletes clinched the 400m and 1500m gold medals in both the men’s and women’s categories on the second day of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships here today. Heavy showers disrupted the proceedings of the evening session, but it could not stop the fans from cheering for the Indian athletes who responded in style on a day where 10 medal events were at stake, even as a major upset came about at the end of the evening in the men’s 100m final.

India’s lead in the medal standings stayed put as they won four gold, two silver and two bronze medals to add to their tally of two gold, one silver and four bronze on Day 1. The hosts now have six gold, three silver and six bronze medals overall.

Nirmala Sheoran broke into the lead at the last turn and stayed there until the end under the unrelenting rain to take gold with a time of 52.01 seconds in the women’s 400m. Compatriot Jisna Mathew took the bronze, while 2015 Asian Championships silver winner and Asian Games bronze medalist MR Poovamma finished just outside the medal standings.


National champion Muhammad Anas, who broke the national record in the men’s 400m two months ago, emerged in the lead at the final turn and held off stiff competition from compatriot Rajiv Arokia to make it an Indian one-two in pouring rain. Anas finished with an impressive time of 45.77 seconds and Arokia took silver with 46.14 seconds. Just like Poovamma in the women’s 400m, Amoj Jacob also finished fourth, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal.

Middle distance runner Ajay Kumar Saroj, however, caused a big upset in the men’s 1500m by beating Qatar’s Asian Games bronze medalist Jamal Hairane quite convincingly. Saroj clocked in an impressive 3:45.85 and finished over a second ahead of Hairane.

In the women’s 1500m, Chitra PU dominated the field after a spectacular flourish in the final lap and opened up a lead of more than a second over China’s Geng Min and Japan’s Ayako Jinnouchi, who got silver and bronze respectively.

Ace Indian sprinter and local favourite Dutee Chand settled for bronze in the women’s 100m behind the Kazakhstan duo of ViktoriyaZyabkina and Olga Safronova, who clinched gold and silver respectively. Zyabkina won her second gold in the 100m at the Asian Championships after winning it in Pune in 2013, while Incheon Asian Games gold medalist in the 200m, Safronova settled for second place.

The men’s 100m final had a surprise in store as Hassan Taftian of Iran came from behind in the last half of the race to clinch gold by a hundredth of a second, ahead of defending champion Femi Seun Ogunode of Qatar. Taftian finished with a time of 10.25 seconds to Ogunode’s 10.26, while Yang Chun-Han of Chinese Taipei claimed bronze in a tightly contested field.

But there was more disappointment in store for local favourite Amiya Kumar Mallick, who was disqualified from the third semi-final of the men’s 100m after making a foul start as it began to drizzle earlier in the evening. Mallick had been part of another disqualification in the morning session, when he passed the baton exchange zone in the final turn of the men’s 4x100m semifinals. There was more to cheer in the men’s shot put event, with youngster Tajinder Pal Singh Toor winning silver ahead of seniors Omprakash Singh Karhana and Jasdeep Singh Dhillon.

MEN: Triple jump:
1. Zhu Yaming (China) 16.82m, 2. Mark Harry Diones (Philippines) 16.45m, 3. Xu Xiaolong (China) 16.45m. Shot put: 1. Ali Samari (Iran) 19.80m, 2. Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (India) 19.77m, 3. Ivan Ivanov (Kazakhstan) 19.41m. 1500m: 1. Ajay Kumar Saroj (India) 3:45.85s, 2. Jamal Hairane (Qatar) 3:46.90s, 3. Moslem Niadoost (Iran) 3:48.53s. 400m: 1. Muhammad Anas (India) 45.77s, 2. Arokia Rajiv (India) 46.14s, 3. Ahmed Mubarak (Oman) 46.39s. Decathlon: 1. Suttikas Singkon (Thailand) 7732pts, 2. Kazuya Kawasaki (Japan) 7584pts, 3. Guo Qi (China) 7495pts. 100m: 1. Hassan Taftian (Iran) 10.25s, 2. Femi Seun Ogunode (Qatar) 10.26s, 3. Yang Chun-Han (Chinese Taipei) 10.31s.

WOMEN: 400m run: 1. Nirmala Sheoran (India) 52.01s, 2. Quach Thi (Vietnam) 52.78s, 3. Jisna Mathew (India) 53.32s. 100m run: 1. Viktoriya Zyabkina (Kazakhstan) 11.39s, 2. Olga Safronova (Kazakhstan) 11.45s, 3. Dutee Chand (India) 11.52s. High jump: 1. Nadiya Dusanova (Uzbekistan) 1.84m, 2. Yeung Man Wai (Hong Kong) 1.80m, 3. Wang Xueyi (China) 1.80m. 1500m: 1. Chitra PU (India) 4:17.92s, 2. Geng Min (China) 4:19.15s, 3. Ayako Jinnouchi (Japan) 4:19.90s. Hammer throw: 1. Luo Na (China) 69.92m, 2. Liu Tingting (China) 69.45m, 3. Hitomi Katsuyama (Japan) 60.22m.
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TOP: Odisha ace Dutee Chand poses with her 100m bronze medal in Bhubaneswar on July 7, 2017.
RIGHT: India’s Muhammed Anas and Arokia Rajiv pose after winning men’s 400m gold and silver respectively in Bhubaneswar on July 7, 2017.


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