Twin gold!: Avinash Sable, Tajinderpal Toor headline India’s track and field show

NEW DELHI: Avinash Sable created historical past, turning into the primary Indian man to safe a gold medal within the 3000m steeplechase occasion whereas shot-putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor delivered a powerful efficiency within the closing spherical to efficiently defend his title as India had a exceptional Day 8 on the Asian Video games in Hangzhou on Sunday.
Avinash and Toor golds led the medal rush as India secured a complete of 15 medals — their biggest-ever haul in a single day of the Asian Video games over all editions — with athletics rising as largest contributor within the Sunday’s power-packed efficiency.


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India picked up 2 gold, 4 silver and three bronze on the day which was marred by controversy within the girls’s 100m hurdles closing.
Jyothi Yarraji, together with Chinese language runner Wu Yanni, was disqualified for false begin however the judges later allowed the race to be run.
Lin Yuwei of China gained the race with a time of 12.74 seconds whereas Yanni (12.91) and Yarraji (13.04) have been second and third respectively.
However the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) instantly filed a protest and inside minutes, Yanni was disqualified below Technical Rule 16.8 and Yarraji’s bronze was upgraded to silver.

Anju Bobby George explains Jyothi Yarraji controversy

In keeping with Technical Rule 16.8, any athlete chargeable for a false begin shall be disqualified by the starter.
However, a notice to the rule says “when a number of athletes make a false begin, others are inclined to comply with and … any athlete who does so has additionally made a false begin. The starter ought to warn or disqualify solely such athlete or athletes who, of their opinion, have been chargeable for the false begin.”
AFI senior vp and legendary lengthy jumper Anju Bobby George termed it as an “unbelievable drama” hardly ever seen in a serious competitors.
AFI president and World Athletics Vice President and Government Board member Adille Sumariwalla stated the matter can be taken up on the greater degree “in order that these sorts of issues don’t occur in future”.
‘Toor’ de power
Earlier than the controversy struck, Toor made a exceptional comeback after opening with two foul throws and trailing at third on the finish of the third spherical. He jumped to second together with his 20.06m fourth spherical throw however had a foul throw subsequent to be on the verge of shedding the gold to Saudi Arabia’s Mohamed Daouda Tolo.


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However, the Asian file holder Toor saved the perfect for the final as hurled the iron ball to twenty.36m to nail the gold.
Toor thus grew to become the fourth Indian shot putter to defend Asian Video games gold after Parduman Singh Brar (1954 and 1958), Joginder Singh (1966 and 1970) and Bahadur Singh Chouhan (1978 and 1982).


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Sable, the 29-year-old nationwide file holder, earned India its first gold medal in athletics, finishing the race in 8 minutes 19.50 seconds.
Sable rewrote the earlier Asian Video games file of 8:22.79 held within the identify of Iran’s Hossein Keyhani set on the 2018 Jakarta Video games. His timing was, nonetheless, nicely under his nationwide file time of 8:11.20 and season’s better of 8:11.63.
Sudha Singh had gained a gold in girls’s 3000m steeplechase within the 2010 Asian Video games.

The Grand Canal in Hangzhou

Within the 1500m for ladies, flamboyant Harmilan Bains gained a silver with a time of 4 minute 12.74 seconds whereas Ajay Kumar Saroj (3:38.94) and Jinson Johnson (3:39.74) gained silver and bronze respectively within the males’s 1500m.
Harmilan joined her mom Madhuri Singh — the 2002 version 800m silver winner — as Asian Video games medallist.
Veteran discus thrower Seema Punia gained a bronze for her third medal in as many editions of the Asian Video games with a throw of 58.62m.
“That is my final Asian Video games and I’m ending with a medal. I feel I will likely be wanting forward to have the ability to qualify for the Paris Olympics perhaps by rating,” she stated.
The 40-year-old Punia gained a gold within the 2014 Asian Video games after which added a bronze in 2018. She has additionally gained three silver and one bronze within the Commonwealth Video games in her over 20-year worldwide profession.
In males’s lengthy leap, Murali Sreeshankar picked up a silver with a leap of 8.19m, behind Wang Jianan (8.22m) of China, who had gained a silver medal within the Budapest World Championships in August.


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Within the girls’s heptathlon, Nandini Agasara took the bronze forward of 2018 gold medallist Swapna Barman after profitable the 800m race, the final of the gruelling seven-event competitors.
Nandini collected an mixture of 5712 factors whereas Barman, who completed third in 800m, secured 5708. China’s Zheng Ninali gained the gold with an mixture of 6149 factors whereas Voronina Ekaterina of Uzbekistan was second with 6056.
Earlier, India’s Amlan Borgohain completed on the third place after clocking 21.08 seconds within the males’s 200m heats and superior to the semifinal.
The primary three athletes in every warmth make the lower for the semi-finals. The highest 4 instances from all of the heats who haven’t made the lower may even advance to the semifinals.
The sprinter from Assam, at the moment the nation’s quickest, holds each the boys’s 100m and 200m nationwide data.
(With inputs from PTI)

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