India finished the 23rd edition of the Asian Athletics Championship at fourth position on the medals tally, behind Japan (third), China (second) and Bahrain (first).
Indian athletes bagged a total of 17 medals, with three gold, seven silver and seven bronze. In the previous edition, which was held in Bhubaneswar, India, the host country had stood first with 29 medals (12 gold, 5 silver, 12 bronze).
On the last day of the tournament, PU Chitra won the 1500m women's final as she completed the race in 4 minutes 14.56 seconds. Chitra now has two gold medals as she won the 1500m race in the 2017 edition as well.
"I had become a little nervous towards the end being next to the Bahraini runner (Gashaw Tigist). She had beat me to third place in the Asian Games. I had to really push hard in the end," said after the race.
Meanwhile, sprinter Dutee Chand bagged a bronze in women's 200m on the final day itself. She achieved the podium finish with a timing of 23.24 seconds.
Breaking her own national record of 11.29 seconds set in Guwahati last year, she set a new national record in the 100m category by completing the race in 11.28 seconds in the heat. Chand has been in exceptional form as she broke two national records within the opening days of the event.
Ajay Kumar Saroj won a silver in the men’s 1500m as he clocked his season-best of 3 minutes 43.18 seconds.
Gomathi Marimuthu secured a gold medal in women’s 800m with a personal best of 2 minutes 02.70 seconds.
5000m runner Parul Choudhary clocked her personal best of 15 minutes 58.35 seconds to win a bronze.
In a photo finish in the women's 400m, MR Poovamma settled for bronze as she finished the race in 53.21 seconds. 24-year-old Avinash Sablebagged a silver in men's 3000m steeplechase with a timing of 8 minutes 30.19 seconds.
Gavit Murali Kumar recorded a personal best of 28 minutes 38.34 seconds in the 10,000m event to obtain a bronze medal.
In the 400m hurdles, India secured a bronze medal each in the men's as well as women's category. Sarita Gayakwad finished the race in 57.22 seconds while MP Jabir ended up with a personal best of 49.13.
Asian Games gold medallist Swapna Barman had to be content with a silver in the heptathlon event as Uzbekistan's Yekaterina Voronina won gold.
The sprinters impressed in the mixed 4 x 400m relay event as MR Poovamma, Muhammed Anas, Rajiv Arokia and VK Vismaya finished the race in 3 minutes 16.47 seconds, securing a silver. The team from Bahrain stood first as they finished the race in 3 minutes 15.75 seconds.
In the field events, Tejinder Pal Singh Toor won gold with a season-best throw of 20.22 metres.
Shivpal Singh won a silver in the men's javelin throw with a personal best of 86.23 metres. In the women's category, Annu Rani, too,won a silver medal with a 60.22 metres throw.
(Featured Image: FB/PU Chitra)
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