Asian Indoor Games: Ajay Kumar wins 1500m gold

Asian champion Ajay Kumar Saroj won the men’s 1500m gold in the fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games here on Wednesday evening. He clocked 3:48.67s.

Ajay Kumar Saroj celebrates after winning the 1500m event.   -  AFI

Asian champion Ajay Kumar Saroj won the men’s 1500m gold in the fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games here on Wednesday evening. He clocked 3:48.67s.

In track cycling, Deborah Herold won a silver in women’s 200m individual sprint race.

Neha Solanki and Jyoti bagged a bronze each in women’s kurash +87kg and —87kg respectively.

With 5 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze, India are eighth in the medals tally with hosts Turkmenistan on top with a whopping 52 gold, 36 silver and 37 bronze.

Dutee Chand finished fourth in the women’s 60m in 7.44s while Amoj Jacob was fifth in men’s 400m in 47.33s on Tuesday.

In tennis, second seed Sumit Nagal sailed into the quarterfinals of men’s singles with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Palaphoom Kovapitukted.

Sumit, who has dropped two games in all in the first two rounds, will play seventh seed Wong Chun Hun of Hong Kong in the quarterfinals. The
other Indian entry in men’s singles, Vijay Sundar Prashanth was yet to play his second round.

In the women’s event, national champion Riya Bhatia made the quarterfinals. The fourth seeded Riya dropped six games to Steffi Carruthers of Samoa in the second round after having blanked her opponent in the first round. She will play fifth seed Patcharin Cheapchandej of Thailand in the quarterfinals.

Top seed Ankita Raina had sweated it out in three set in her first round against Katherine Ip of Hong Kong and will play Chao-Yi Wang of Chinese Taipei in the pre-quarterfinals.

The results:

Men (pre-quarterfinals): Sumit Nagal bt Palaphoom Kovapitukted (Tha) 6-0, 6-1.

Women (pre-quarterfinals): Riya Bhatia bt Steffi Carruthers (Sam) 6-4, 6-2.

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