PU Chitra struck gold in women’s 1500m (clocking 4:14.56) at the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha on Tuesday With this win, she also qualified for World Championships which will be held later in the year. “Got a little nervous towards the end being next to Bahraini runner (Gashaw Tigest). She beat me to third place in Asian Games. I had to really push hard in the end,” she said moments after the win.
India’s medal rush continued with 4 X 400m Women’s relay team comprising Prachi, MR Poovamma, Saritaben Gayakwad & VK Vismaya securing the silver medal. There was more joy lying in wait as the men’s 4×400 relay team comprising Kunhu Md., KS Jeevan, Md. Anas & Arokia Rajiv also bagged the Silver. It was a close finish for India as there was a strong physical contact between India and China in lap 3. This was India’s 18th medal in the tournament.
Earlier, Ajay Kumar Saroj also won silver in Men’s 1500m at Asian Athletics Championships clocking 3:43.18 (SB).
Prior to that, Dutee Chand clinched the bronze medal in women’s 200m sprint She achieved the podium finish with a timing of 23.24 seconds.
After a sluggish start, it was a tense finish for the Asian Games silver medallist as she was trailing the frontrunners towards the end but produced a kick to finish with a medal that she deserved in Doha.
“I am really very happy. I missed a medal in 100m & relay. I put too much effort in 100m, was not sure of medal in 200m. Just did my best and I am happy,” Dutee said moments after finishing the race.
Bahrain’s Salwa Naser won yet another gold medal with a timing of 22.74s while 100m gold medalist Olga Safronova took silver (22.87)
However, despite recording her season-best timing of 23.24 seconds Chand will not make it to the World Championships.
Meanwhile, there was no medal for India in women’s discus throw. Navjeet Dhillon finished fourth with best attempt of 57.47m (SB). Kamalpreet Kaur finished 5th with best attempt of 55.59m.
India were disqualified in the men’s 4X400m race under rule 163.2 (impeding an athlete).
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