India’s Harmilan Bains won silver in the women’s 1500m while Ajay Kumar Saroj and Jinson Johnson took silver and bronze respectively in the men’s 1500m at the Asian Games in Hangzhou on Sunday.
Bains finished the race with a timing of 4:12.74s, while Saroj managed 3:38.94 and Johnson registered 3:39.74 in their event.
Athletics runs in Harmilan’s family. Her father Amandeep Bains is a South Asian Games medallist in 1500m, and mother Madhuri Saxena is a 2002 Asian Games silver medallist in 800m.
Saroj picked up his first Asian Games medal as he won a silver in the men’s 1500m race. Saroj,clocked at time of 3.38.94. That mark was just shy of his personal best of 3.38.24 recorded at the World Championships last month. Anything close to what he recorded at Budapest would have been enough to win gold at Hangzhou. As it turned out, the 26-year-old from Allahabad finished just behind Qatar’s Mohamad Algarni who clocked 3.38.36 to take first place.
Defending champion Johnson finished on the podium once again with a time of 3.39.74. Silver for Saroj was the biggest result of his career. He went into the Huangzhou Asian Games as a two time Asian Champion. He had won gold in the men’s 1500m in the 2017 edition at Bhubaneshwar (3:45.85s) and then aa silver medal in the 2019 edition at Doha, Qatar (3:43.18s) before winning another gold in Bangkok earlier this year. (3.41.51)
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