As India simultaneously fumes and mourns over the Bangladesh vs India ODI fiasco, the Indian athletics team has made the country proud by winning a total of eight medals in the first leg of the Asian Athletics Grand Prix Series 2015.
In the 14 events held during the first phase of the games, Team India roped in two golds, one silver and five bronzes giving us a strong leg up in the Asian Athletics GP this year.
Here is a list of the eight wins:
- Jinson Johnson struck gold in the men’s 800 metre, clocking 1 minute 48.52 seconds
- Current Asian champion shot put Inderjit Singh snatched up the second gold medal with a throw of 19.83 metres
- Long Jumper Ankit Sharma won silver for 7.78m jump
- R. Poovamma won bronze in the women’s 400m race, clocking 53.51secs
- Arokya Rajiv (Asian Games 2014 bronze medallist )claimed bronze in 400m with a timing of 46.86secs
- Odisha Sprinter Srabani Nanda won a bronze medal with a timing of 11.58secs in the women’s 100m
- Gayathry Govindraj took bronze with a timing of 13.72secs in the women’s 100m hurdles race
- Gomathi slid into third spot with a bronze in the women’s 800m, clocking 2:07.48
The others who made a valiant effort but were just short of a medal were India’s triple jumper Sheena N.V. who came seventh with a jump of 12.22m, IAAF World Junior Championships 2014 Bronze medal winner and discus thrower Navjeet Kaur Dhillon who finished fifth with a best throw of 52.04m and Javelin thrower Davinder Singh who finished sixth with 69.58m in the men’s javelin throw event.
The men’s Javelin event also saw Rajinder Singh being rushed to the hospital with an injury after he hurt himself during his third throw; his second attempt was 70.58m. The relay races however were disappointing as both the men and women’s 4x100m teams were unable to finish.
We wish the India Athletics Team good luck for the upcoming tournaments of the Asian Athletics Grand Prix (second and third legs) scheduled to be held on June 25 and 29 at Pathum and Chanthaburi in Thailand respectively.