India has won four medals on the final day of the Asian Athletics Championships in the Doha on the 24th of April. PU Chitra has defender her Asian title by getting a gold in the women’s 1500 meter race while on the other hand, Ajay Kumar Saroj finished the second while missing out an Indian double in the distance race. The women’s 4x400m relay team also won the silver, besides that Dutee hand rounded off India’s medal haul at the Stadium of Khalifa with a bronze in the women’s race of 200 m.
Chitra went past Bahrain Gashaw in the final stretch, a few meters before the finish line, and winning in 4 minutes, 15 seconds. This was the third time when India won the gold championship after the Gomathi marimuthu and the Tajinder Pal Singh Toor won a gold medal on the 22nd of April.
“Got a little nervous towards the end being next to Bahraini runner (Tigist)” She beat me to third place at the Asian Games. I had to really push hard in the end,” Chitra was quoted by some of the news reporters after the race. The 23-year-old had won gold in the 2017 edition in Bhubaneswar, with a time of 4:17.92.
There was no such charge of late for the Saroj in the men 1500m, who also clocked a season’s best time of the 3 minutes, and 4 seconds to clinch the silver behind Bahrain’s Abraham Kipchirchir Rotich.
The other silver medal winners of the day, the women 4×400 m relay team of the Prachi Choudhary, Saritaben Gayakwad, MR Poovamma, and VK Vismaya, has also recorded a time period of 3:30:20, behind the Bahrain who also clocked 3:32:10.
Furthermore, Dutee who also finished a disappointing on the fifth position in the 100m final a couple of days back, clocked 23.25 seconds to win in the women’s 200m. Dutee also had a slow start in the race and clawed her way back after the race of the first 100m, which is also going past three rivals to finish the third position. Salwa Naser of Bahrain has won gold in the 22.75 seconds while on the other hand Olga Safronova of Kazakhstan was second in 22.90s.
Indians also suffered a disappointment after the men 4×400 relay team, which finished the second, was got disqualified after an infringement at the time of the final race.
India’s finished the championships with the 17 medals, which makes them at the fourth in the standings. Bahrain topped the meet with the 11 gold medals, 4 bronze medals, and 7 silver medals which is followed by the Japan, China, and India.