Swapna Barman and the 4x400m relay team bagged silvers on Tuesday as the Indian team took its medal tally to 13 at the end of the third day of the Asian Athletics Championships 2019 in Doha. Sanjivani Jadhav was the third Indian medallist of the day as she clinched bronze in the women's 10,00m race.
Uzbekistan’s Ekaterina Vornina upset Asian Games champion Swapna and won the women’s heptathlon gold with a world-leading total of 6198 points Swapna, the first Indian to win a heptathlon gold in the Asian Games, registered personal bests in the 200m and the shot put and topped the high jump but appeared to have lost some crucial points in the javelin throw, where she could manage only 46.83m. She had a personal best of 50.63m in the event.
“I’m not very happy, I’m not pleased with my javelin throw result. My preparations were not good, I’m an injury queen, you know…had a problem with my ankle,” the 22-year-old from West Bengal, whose 5993 points brought her the silver, said. Ekaterina had finished fifth at the Asian Games.
India's second silver medal of the day came when the mixed relay team of Muhammed Anas, M. R. Poovamma, V.K. Vismaya and Arokia Rajiv clocked 3:16.47s to finish second in the 4x400m event. The Indian quartet misses the services of Hima Das, who had pulled out midway through the 400m heats earlier with back pain.
There was a baton exchange fumble in the women’s 4x100m relay in the last leg, which hampered India's chances of sealing a bronze. The team of Archana Suseendran, V. Revathi, K. Ranga and Dutee Chand finished fourth in
43.81s. China (42.87s) won the gold while Kazakhstan and Bahrain took silver and bronze.
- Sanjivani wins bronze -
Long-distance runner Sanjivani won India's third medal of the day off the last event as she ran a spectacular race to claim bronze on the women's 10,000m final.
- Parul Chaudhary finishes fifth -
Parul Chaudhary, who had taken the women’s 5000m bronze on the opening day, finished fifth in the 3000m steeplechase in a personal best time of 10:03.43s. Bahrain’s Kenya-born Yavi Winfred Mutile won the gold in 9:46.18s to bag her second title at these championships.
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A little later, defending champion Ajay Kumar Saroj qualified for the men’s 1500m final after finishing second in his semifinal in 3:49.20s. But Asian Games champion Jinson Johnson, who had suffered a calf injury in the 800m race on Monday, did not participate.
- Dutee storms into 200m final -
Dutee Chand, who had missed a medal in the women’s 100m on Monday night after finishing fifth, brushed away that disappointment by winning her 200m semifinal heats in 23.33s. Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser was fastest qualifier to the final and broke the championships record with her 22.84s timing.
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