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  Sudha strikes gold; Dutee, Srabani get relay bronze
BHUBANESWAR,08 Jul 2017 (Team Orisports)

Host India maintained position at the top of the medals table, garnering one gold, one silver and three bronze on the penultimate day of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships here at Kalinga Stadium today. India now have 7 gold, 4 silver and 9 bronze medals taking the total medal count to 20, with China on 15.

Sudha Singh bagged the day’s lone gold for India in women’s 3000m steeplechase with a timing of 9:59.47. The 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games gold medal winner, Sudha had finished runner-up on three occasions in past Asian Athletics Championships.

A string of back-to-back sprint events rose the excitement amongst the crowd as the Indian women’s relay team finished in third place in the 4x100m relay. The team comprising of Merlin Joseph, Himashree Roy and Srabani Nanda kept pace with the rest of the field before local hero Dutee Chand took the team home in an inspired last stretch, somewhat softening the disappointment of the men’s team that was disqualified in the semi-final.


There was more joy for India on the track with Anu Raghavan and Jabir MP winning silver and bronze medals in the women’s and men’s 400m hurdles respectively. Sheena NV, who until a few years ago competed in the 400m and hurdles herself, benefitted from switching to the triple jump as she won bronze in the women’s event.

Olympic champion Dilshod Nazarov continued his domination in the men’s hammer throw by winning his fifth Asian Championships gold, to add to his three consecutive Asian Games titles. The Tajikistani threw a distance of 76.69 in his last attempt, and while it wasn’t anywhere near his personal best, it was enough to take him to first place.

MEN: Hammer throw:
1. Dilshod Nazarov (Tajikistan) 76.69m, 2. Wang Shizhu (China) 73.81m, 3. Lee Yun-Chul (South Korea) 73.77m. 110m hurdles: 1. Abdulaziz Al-Mandeel (Kuwait) 13.50s, 2. Yaqoub Mohamed Al-Youha (Kuwait) 13.59s, 3. Ahmed Khader Al-Muwallad (Saudi Arabia) 13.61. High jump: 1. Woo Sang-hyeok (South Korea) 2.30m, 2. Zhang Guowei (China) 2.28m, Maje Adin Ghazal (Syria) 2.24m. 3000m Steeplechase: 1. Hossein Keyhani (Iran) 8:43.82s, 2. Yaser Salem Bagharab (Qatar) 8:46.16s, 3. Ali Ahmad Al-Amri (Saudi Arabia) 8:52.64s. 400m Hurdles: 1. Eric Cray (Philippines) 49.57s, 2. Chen Chieh (Chinese Taipei) 49.75s, 3. Jabir MP (India) 50.22s. 4x100m Relay: 1. China (Tang Xingqiang, Liang Jinsheng, Bie Ge, Xu Haiyang) 39.38s, 2. Thailand (Kritsada Namsuwan, Bandit Chuangchai, Jirapong Meenapra, Jaran Sathoengram) 39.38s, 3. Hong Kong (So Chun Hong, Ng Ka Fung, Tang Yik Chun, Tsui Chi Ho) 39.53s.

WOMEN: 100m hurdles: 1. Jung Hye-lim (South Korea) 13.16s, 2. Ayako Kimura (Japan) 13.30s, 3. Wang Dou (China) 13.36s. 3000m Steeplechase: 1. Sudha Singh (India) 9:59.47s, 2. Hyo Gyong (North Korea) 10:13.94s, 3. Nana Sato (Japan) 10:18.11s. Triple jump: 1. Mariya Ovchinnikova (Kazakhstan) 13.72m, 2. Irina Ektova (Kazakhstan) 13.62m, 3. NV Sheena (India) 13.42m. 400m Hurdles: 1. Nguyen Th? Huyen (Vietnam) 56.14s, 2. Anu Raghavan (India) 57.22s, 3. Sayaka Aoki (Japan) 58.18s. 4x100m Relay: 1. Kazakhstan (Rima Kashafutdinova, Viktoriya Zyabkina, Merjen Ishanguliyeva, Olga Safronova) 43.53, 2. China (Sun Fengyan, Kong Lingwei, Lin Huijun, Feng Lulu) 44.50s, 3. India (Merlin Joseph, Himashree Roy, Srabani Nanda, Dutee Chand) 44.57s.
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TOP: Members of Indian 4x100m relay team (L to R) Dutee Chand, Merlin Joseph, Himashree Roy and Srabani Nanda celebrate after winning bronze medal on July 8, 2017.
RIGHT: India’s Sudha Singh poses with her 3000m steeplechase gold medal in Bhubaneswar on July 8, 2017.


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