Pune: Hosts India bagged three gold, five
silver and five bronze medals with the eves making a clean
sweep in the discus throw event in the rain-interrupted first
leg of the Asian Grand Prix at Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex
here on Tuesday.
The trio of Krishna Poonia, Seema Antil and Harwant Kaur
clinched the top three spots in the discus throw even as young
promising athlete and legendary PT Usha`s protege Tintu Luka
disappointed with a silver in the 800m.
Sheikh Mortuza (400m) and Renjith Maheshwari (triple
jump) earned India the other two gold medals.
Sri Lanka`s Shehan Abeypitiya, who had achieved his best
in the Commonwealth Youth Games here two years ago, made the
city his happy hunting track as he once again emerged the
Veteran Guzel Khubbieva, who had won the Doha Asian Games
gold at the age of 30, won the women`s sprint gold.
Indian men, meanwhile, had a top two finish in the 400m
when Mortuza and J Premanand clinched the gold and silver
Mortuza won the gold with a timing of 47.64s while
Premanand clocked 48.12s for the second spot. Nelson Stone
(48.15s) of Papua New Guinea settled for the bronze.
The second gold in the men`s section came from triple
jumper Maheshwari who jumped 16.84m in his fifth attempt to
bag the top honour.
India also pocketed a bronze in triple jump through
Amarjit Singh, whose sixth and final attempt of 16.35m fetched
him a podium finish. Wu Bo of China won the silver in the
event with a jump of 16.53m.
In men`s 800m, India won a silver and a bronze through S
Prakash Verma (1:47.90s) and Pankaj Dimri (1:48.20s). Sajad
Moradi of Ireland won the gold with a timing of 1:47.70s.
The only other medal for Indian men, a silver, came in
the shot put with Om Prakash (19.58m) finishing second.
China`s Zhang Jun (19.71m) and Chinese Taipei`s Chang
Ming Huang (18.74m) won the gold and bronze respectively.
Participating with an upset stomach, Lankan Abeypitiya
still managed the sprint gold, pipping Oman`s Babakat Al Harti
in a photo finish as the duo clocked an identical 10.47s.
Chinese sprinter Zhang Peimeng settled for the silver
(10.49s). Abdul Najeeb Qureshi (10.60s) turned out to be best
among the Indians with a fourth place finish.
However, Tintu, who was the centre of attraction,
disappointed in the women`s 800m as she frittered away in the
last 10 metres to settle for a silver with a timing 2:03.14s.
Kazakhstan`s Margarita Matsko won the gold with a timing of
2:02.85s while India`s Sushma Devi won the bronze in the event
with a timing of 2:03.69s.
In the women`s discus throw event, Krishna was tied with
compatriot Seema for the top spot as both had made 59.51m
But Krishna eventually won the gold with her second
attempt of 56.74m, while Seema could only manage 52.59m.
Harwant settled for the bronze with a throw of 57.75m.
There was a pleasant surprise in store in the women`s
100m where HM Jyothi returned with a bronze, clocking 11.79s.
Veteran Guzel lived up to her reputation winning the gold
with a timing of 11.70s. Papua New Guinea`s Toea Wisil bagged
the silver, clocking 11.76s.
However, Indian women drew a blank in the 100m hurdles,
400m, high jump and shot put.