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India makes history in Asian Athletics Championship 2017
Posted on: 11-07-2017 , 11:31:AM | DY365 Bureau

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 July 11, 2017: India makes history for the first time in Asian Athletics Championship 2017 by securing top position, pushing China to the second stop which ended on Sunday. The Championships was the 22nd edition of the Asian Athletics Championships and was held from 6 to 9 July 2017 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India.

 India ended the four-day championships on top with 29 medals (12 gold, 5 silver and 12 bronze), their highest ever medal haul.  Whereas, China ended this edition at the second position with 8 gold, 7 silver, 5 bronze. They won 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze today. Kazakhstan finished third with 4 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze while Iran ended on fourth with 4 gold and 1 bronze.
India began on a positive note when on day one it secured a total of seven medals. On day two India bagged another eight medals and took the overall tally to 15. Since then India was leading the charts and the only nations which were close behind them were China with China (10). Incidentally, this was India’s best performance at the tournament.
The gold rush on began with Swapna Barman as she secured 5932 points in the women’s heptathlon. Apart from Barman, Govindan Lakshmanan, Neeraj Chopra and women’s 4x400m relay team secured the gold medals. For Lakshmanan Sunday’s medal was the second gold after he won his first on the first day. Nirmala Sheoran, Muhammad Anas, PU Chitra and Ajay Kumar Saroj were the others who won the gold.
Among those who won the silver medal includes- V Neena, Rajiv Arokia, Tejinder Pal Singh Toor. While Dutee Chand, Jisna Mathew were among others who won bronze.
The highlight on Sunday was young Neeraj Chopra’s effort where he bagged the gold in the javelin throw. Neeraj threw an impressive 85.23 m to win the medal. Archana Yadav was another athlete who finished on the podium after a win in the 800 m race (women’s). After the win she spoke to the media and said,” It is my first international medal at the senior international level, so I am very happy. I thank my God, my coach and my mum,” “I am preparing for the World Championships, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. I want to win more medals,” she added.

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