Muhammed Anas, Jauna Murmu qualify for finals at Asian Athletics meet


Bhubaneswar: Setting ablaze the track, India grabbed four gold medals on a rain-soaked second day of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships, consolidating their top position in the medal table, here on Friday.

Dutee, who struggled and strived hard to make it to the Rio Olympics 2016, got heavily demoralised after failing to qualify for the 100m semi-finals in the quadrennial event in Brazil.

The Iranian won the gold medal with a best throw of 64.54m while Malaysia's Muhammad Irfan took the silver with 60.96m.

All the gold winners in this championships get automatic qualification for the World Championships to be held in London next month.

India's gold medalist Manpreet Kaur flanked by Chinese athletes Guo Tianqian (Silver) and Aya Ota (Bronze) during the presentation ceremony of the Women's Shot Put event. Bui was awarded gold because she touched the distance in her first attempt while the Indian measured the mark in her fourth jump.

In women's long jump, Neena and James registered jumps of 6.54 metres and 6.42 metres respectively.

The third bronze medal came in women's 5,00m run where India's Sanjivani Jadhav clocked 16:00.24s behind Daria Maslova of Kyrgyzstan (15:57.95s) and Alia Mohammed of the United Arab Emirates (15:59.95s).

The men's discus throw saw a bit of a disappointment for India as Vikas Gowda failed to defend his title. Her throw measured to 57.32m, as against Li Lingwei of China who took gold with an effort of 63.06m. Her third throw of 18.28m was good enough for the gold. Silver medal went to Nadheesha Dilhani of Sri Lanka with a throw of 58.11m. We have been waiting for long after warm up and it affected the timing.

Yaser Salem of Qatar (14:55.89) took silver while Tariq Ahmed (14:56.83) of Saudi Arabia finished with the bronze.

All the Indian quarter milers, both in men's and women's sections have qualified for the finals with consummate ease.

Muhammed Anas, Rajiv Arokia and Amoj Jacob showed impressive performance to enter into the semis of the men's 400 m event.

India's M.R. Poovamma finished first at 53.16s to head the second semifinal heat.

The 21-year-old Sheoran clocked 52.01 seconds while young Jisna Mathew (53.32) finish third.