The opening day of 2018 Asian Games invitational athletics test event ended up on a great note for India as the country bagged two gold, three silver and multiple bronze medals.
Indian Devinder Singh Kang who competes in the javelin throw event and won bronze in last year’s Asian Athletics Championships, overcame Ranasinghe Denagamage of Sri Lanka with a throw of 75.87m and became the first one to mark India’s dominance by winning the gold in the event at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium.
Whereas 18-year-old Indian thrower Sachin Silwal won bronze for India with a best effort of 68.12m.
And in women, India’s Sonia Baishya added a gold for the country in women’s 400m. The 22-year-old took 53.53 seconds to complete her run and defeated teammate Nithya Shree Ananda who clocked 54.34 seconds. With this performance Baishya also attained her best performance by 0.45 seconds.
Meanwhile, Jithu Baby who won the gold medalist at the Indian National Open Championships last year settled with a silver this time as he finished 0.05 seconds behind Sri Lanka’s Pattiya Mullewaththe.
Asian Games is a pan-Asian multi-sport event and the 18th edition of the event is scheduled to be held from 18 August to 2 September 2018 in Indonesia.
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