India tops medal tally at Asian Athletics

India tops medal tally at Asian Athletics
Updated on : 10-07-2017 12:08 AM
In a stunning show of dominance, India clinched five gold to top the medal tally for first time in the history of Asian Athletics Championships, pushing China to second spot, in their most successful campaign in the continental flagship event on Sunday.


With Sunday's 5 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze, India ended the four-day championships on top with their highest ever medal haul of 29 medals in total.

These include 12 golds, 5 silver and 12 bronze. India's best came way back in the 1985 Jakarta edition where they had won 22 medals including 10 golds.

China ended this edition on second position with 8 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze.

India also suffered a huge setback after 800m runner Archana Yadav was disqualified, after being initially declared as the gold medal winner, for pushing Sri Lankan rival Nimali Waliwarsha Konda from behind near the finishing line.

The gold medal was then awarded to Konda and India thus lost a yellow metal in dramatic circumstances.

It was heptathlete Swapna Barman who gave India the first gold of the day as she collected a total of 5942 points from the seven events.

After that Lakhsmanan Govinda took the centrestage as he grabbed his second gold of the championship by winning the men's 10,000m event in 29 minute and 55.87 seconds.

World junior record holder javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra struggled in his initial attempts but got his touch in time to clinch the gold with a final throw of 85.23m.

India fittingly wrapped up the championships by winning gold in the men's and women's 4x400m relay races to send the packed crowd to wild celebrations, knowing fully well that it was a historic moment with the host country topping the medal tally for the first time.

Jinson Johnson in men's 800m and Purnima Hembram in women's heptathlon won a bronze each.

(AKS-09/07)

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