India’s performance in the Asian Athletics Championships was spectacular. India finished third by winning 27 medals. Japan ranked first and China ranked second.
India’s track and field contingent put up a stellar performance at the Asian Athletics Championships. India finished third by winning 27 medals. Won 8 silver and 5 bronze medals on the last day. Japan (37 medals) was at number one and China (22 medals) at number two. In the 4×400m relay competition, the Indian men’s team of Amoj Jacob, Muhammad Ajmal, Mizo Kurian Chacko and Rajesh Ramesh finished second with a timing of 3:01.80s, while the women’s team finished third with a timing of 3:33.73s. Stayed on
The women’s relay team consisted of Rejoana Malik Heena, Aishwarya Mishra, Jyothika Sri Dandi and Suba Venkatesan. Chief athletics coach Radhakrishnan Nair was hopeful of gold medals in both the relay events on Sunday. He was not happy with the performance of the Indian athletes. “Better planning could have got us gold medals in both the relays. I am not happy with the performance. Especially from the performance of women. We trained Heena but she did not run well. But we still have time to build a better team before the Asian Games.”
Good chance to qualify for Budapest World Athletics Championships
The head coach said the men’s 4x400m relay has a good chance of qualifying for the Budapest World Athletics Championships, starting in Hungary on August 19. The top 16 teams as per the world rankings as on 30 July will be eligible to compete in Budapest. To further improve their world rankings, the relay teams will compete in the upcoming national competition in Sri Lanka. Indian athletes also performed well in individual events, but could not win a gold medal in their profile.
Jyoti Yaraji missed out on winning gold
India’s 100m hurdles specialist and gold-winner, Jyoti Yaraji missed her target on Sunday and could not win the gold medal. He won the silver medal with a personal best time of 23.13 seconds in the 200 metres, in which he is not a specialist. Jyoti also competes in 200m on the domestic circuit to work on her speed and keep herself busy during meets. After winning the hurdles gold at the inter-state competition last month, she won gold in the 200m by defeating renowned sprint specialist Sarbani Nanda.