JAKARTA, AUGUST 27: India’s Dharun Ayyasamy clinched a silver in men’s 400m hurdles in national record time as athletics continued to swell India’s medal tally in the Asian Games in Jakarta on Monday.
Ayyasamy clocked 48.96 seconds to shatter his own national record and finish behind Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba who won the gold with a Games record time of 47.66.
His earlier national record was 49.45, which he had come up with during the Federation Cup in March.
The 21-year-old from Tamil Nadu was fourth till the 300m mark but passed two competitors in the last 100m stretch to cross the finishing line in 48.96, his personal best mark.
It is India’s first medal in the event since Joseph Abraham won a gold in 2010.
Veteran Indian long distance runner Sudha Singh on Monday clinched the silver in women’s 3000m steeplechase event in the Asian Games in Jakarta.
Sudha clocked 9 minute 40.03 seconds to win her second Asian Games medal.
Winfred Yavi of Bahrain took the gold in 9:36.52, while Thi Oanh Nguyen of Vietnam bagged the bronze in 9:43.83.
The 32-year-old Sudha won a gold medal when women’s 3000m steeplechase was introduced in the Asian Games in 2010.
Sudha has a personal best of 9:26.55, while her season’s best is 9:39.59, which she came up with during the National Inter-State Championships in June. (PTI)
Neena Varakil wins silver in women’s long jump
JAKARTA, AUGUST 27: Neena Varakil gave India another silver medal from the athletics arena after she came second in the women’s long jump event at the ongoing Asian Games in Jakarta on Monday.
Varakil’s best jump of 6.51m came in the fourth attempt, which was enough to fetch her the silver.
Thi Thu Thao Bui of Vietnam won the gold with a season’s best jump of 6.55, which she managed in her first attempt. The bronze was bagged by Xiaoling Xu of China with an effort of 6.50.
The other Indian in fray, James Nayana was way below the mark with an effort of 6.14. In fact, she could register just two successful attempts out of six. (PTI)