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Om Prakash wins gold in shot put in Asian Athletics

Source: PTI
November 11, 2009 20:30 IST
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Shot putter Om Prakash Singh won the first gold for India, while three of his compatriots bagged a bronze each, on the second day of the 18th Asian Athletics Championships in Guangzhou on Wednesday.

Manjeet Kaur, Chatholi Hamza and Manjunath Jyothi bagged bronze each in women's 400m, men's 1500m, and women's 100m dash as the Indians put up a fine show.

With a gold and three bronze, India's medal tally reached to five, with one gold and four bronze. Kavita Raut had won a bronze in women's 5000m on Tuesday.

Om Prakash cleared 19.87m in his fifth round throw to bag the yellow metal in a strong field which had Asian record holder Al-habishi Sultan of Saudi Arabia, who eventually finished fifth with 18.89m. The Indian, however, failed to touch his personal best of 20.02m.

National record holder Manjeet Kaur's 53.66 sec effort in women's 400m was well below her best of 51.05 sec or season's best of 52.08 sec but still enough to win a bronze in a tight race. Compatriot Mandeep Kaur was fourth with 53.76 sec.

Hamza, who had a personal best of 3:40.10, clocked 3:48.44 to win the bronze, while compatriot Sunil Kumar was fifth with 3:49.38. Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Shaween (3:46.08) won the gold while Sri Lanka's Wijekon Chaminda (3:47.01) finished second.

Jyothi ran a fine race in a strong field to fetch a bronze in women's 100m dash, clocking 11.60 sec.

In the mens 100m section, Sathya Suresh and Abdul Najeeb Qureshi finished seventh and eighth respectively in the final with efforts of 10.62 sec and 10.63 sec.

In women's triple jump, MA Prajusha (12.58m) and Reshmi Bose (12.18m) were eighth and 10th respectively. Asian record holder Olga Rypakova (14.53m) of Kazakhstan won the gold.

In men's 400m final, Bibin Mathew and Shaikh Mortaza failed to come up their best to finish fourth and fifth respectively, clocking 47.03 and 47.36.

In the women's 1500m also, Simon Rajam Bindhu and Sushma Devi brought up fourth and fifth place finish respectively with efforts of 4:33.73 and 4:35.04.

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