India three medals away from breaking all-time record at AAC

Bhubaneswar: Indian athletes continued to dominate on the third day at 22nd Asian Athletics Championships held at Kalinga Stadium here as they retained the top position today too.

The Indian athletes added five more medals to the tally taking it to 20.

With a day left for the end of the Asian meet, India is three medals shy of surpassing all-time biggest haul at Asian Athletics Championships held in Jakarta (1985) and New Delhi (1989) where it bagged 22 medals.

The day’s only gold came in the steeplechase event after Sudha Singh produced a superb performance to win gold in the women’s 3,000 metre.

Sudha finished at the top of the podium with a time of nine minutes and 59.47 seconds.

The experienced Indian produced a superb finishing sprint in the last round to leave the other runners trailing in her wake.

The only silver medal of the day came from Annu Raghavan in the women’s 400m Hurdles. She had a spirited run behind the Vietnamese hurdler Nguyen Thi who clinched the gold.

The stadium reverberated with cheering crowd when Odisha girls Dutee Chand and Srabani Nanda participated in the 4x100m relay and won bronze for the country. The other members in the team are – Merlin Joseph and Himashree Roy

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated Dutee and Srabani for their spectacular performance and making the state proud.

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also congratulated the duo for their feat.

Other Indians who won medals are: M.P. Jabir (men’s 400m hurdles) and N.V. Sheena (women’s triple jump).

The Indian contingent finished the day with seven gold, four silver and nine bronze medals.

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