India has got its first gold medal in the athletics event in the 19th Asian Games in China. Avinash Sable won the first gold medal for India. India’s Avinash Sable has succeeded in winning the gold medal in the men’s 3000 meter triple change race. Avinash Sable won the first position with a time of 8.19.53. With this, India has repeatedly won gold medals in the Asian Games. Let us tell you that this is India’s third medal in the athletics event. 29-year-old national record holder Sable has won the athletics event of the Hangzhou Games.
Let us tell you that he broke the Asian record of 8:22:79 seconds which was made by Hossein Kehani of Iran in the 2018 Jakarta Games. Sudha Singh won the gold medal in the women’s 3000 meters steeplechase event at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. At the same time, India’s hopes in the Asian Games have been dashed. The eyes of thousands of Indian fans were on Zareen. Indian fans were hopeful that boxer Nikhat Zareen would return home after winning the gold medal in the Asian Games this time. However, Indian boxer Nikhat Zareen has lost in the semi-finals. With this defeat of Nikhat in the semi-finals, India’s hope of winning gold medal in boxing has also ended.
On the other hand, Tejinder Pal Singh Toor has retained his title in men’s shot put. In the shot put, Toor made a throw of 19.51 meters in the third attempt after fouling in the first two attempts. His fourth throw was 20.06 meters but the fifth throw was again fouled. His best effort was 20.36 meters on the last throw which won him the gold medal. Toor had won the yellow medal in the Jakarta Games with a throw of 20.75 metres. Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Doda Tolo won the silver medal with 20.18m while China’s Liu Yang won the bronze medal with 19.97m.
Earlier, defending champion Indian heptathlon player Swapna Barman was almost out of the race for a medal in the heptathlon event after the javelin throw event due to injuries. Swapna, who had achieved a personal best performance of 52.55 meters in javelin throw, could only make a best effort of 45.13 meters in this two-day tough competition. Now only one event is left in this competition of seven events. Javelin throw was one of the two events Swapna won while becoming the first Indian heptathlete to win a gold medal at the Asian Games in 2018. Overall, Swapna is standing at fourth position with 4840 marks. She is 11 points behind her nearest rival Jingyi Liu of China.
Now only 800 meters race is left in this seven-event competition. Nandini Agasara, another Indian participating in the event, is running at fifth place in javelin throw after an effort of 39.88 meters. Earlier, Swapna attempted 5.71 meters in long jump while Nandini attempted 5.94 meters. Swapna was considering retirement last year after suffering a spinal cord injury but decided to defend her title in Hangzhou and make her final appearance at the Asian Games. Swapna won the inter-state competition this year and also won a silver medal ahead of the Asian Games. He decided not to undergo surgery in order to continue training.
Swapna’s coach Subhash Sarkar said, “Her body could not bear the load and she managed to get off to a good start.” He said, “She was expecting a good result in the high jump but the fourth place broke it and she Couldn’t recover from that.” Swapna attempted 1.70 meters in high jump, which is nowhere near her best performance of 1.87 meters. Earlier, Amlan Borgohain reached the semi-finals in the men’s 200 meter heat by finishing third with a timing of 21.08 seconds. As per the rules, the top three players in each heat (preliminary round) qualify for the semi-finals. The top three runners from each heat followed by the four best performers across all heats also qualify for the semi-finals. The country’s fastest male runner, Amlan of Assam, currently holds both the men’s 100m and 200m national records. Jyoti Yaraji, however, failed to make it to the women’s 200m final. He took a time of 23.78 seconds.