Asian junior athletics meet: India finish third
Bettering their previous medals tally of 12, India ended their 17th Asian Junior Championships campaign in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) on Monday at third place with 17 medals.
India bagged seven gold, four silver and six bronze medals to take their overall tally to 17 while Japan topped the table with 14 gold medals followed by China with 11 golds.
India seemed to save best for the last day when they bagged three gold and as many silver medals along with two bronze, with two of Indian athletes, Lily Das and Jisna Matthew completing a double with their second gold medal in the championships.
The 17-year-old Lily from Triveni in West Bengal’s Hoogly district clocked 2:06.64sec to win the women’s 800 metre, her second Gold in the championships.
Earlier, the youngster who had started as a child in the 400m and 600m and later shifted to longer distance, won the gold in her favourite event, the 1500m.
As in the 1500m race held earlier on Saturday which was won by the Indians in both the men and women section, the 800m race witnessed an encore today as Amoj Jacob won the gold in men’s 800m, with a timing of 1:51.82sec.
The women’s 4x400m relay team struck the last gold for India with PT Usha’s protégé Jisna Mathew romping home in style when the Indians were lagging behind with some distance to go in the race. The Indian women’s relay quarter of Jisna, Shaharbana Shidiqui Thadian Parambil, V. Subha and George Linet clocked 3:43.57 sec to take the top honours.
Rio aspirant Neeraj Chopra won the Silver in the men’s javelin with a best throw of 77.60 metres, behind Japan’s Sado Juniya (77.97m).
The Indian men 4x400m relay team, comprising of Kiran Murugan, Pankaj Malik, Harsh Kumar and Amoj Jacob finished with a silver, clocking 3:12.12sec, behind Thailand’s 3:11.59. Earlier, in men’s 10,000m, Abhishek Pal bagged the silver with a timing of 31:24.06sec while compatriot Kishen Narsi Tadvi took the bronze medal with a timing of 32:07.12sec.
Sonu Kumar added a bronze medal in the men’s triple jump with a performance of 15.99 metres.
The 2015 Asian Youth Championships gold medallist Beant Singh finished fourth in the men’s 800m, clocking 1:53.16sec.