India win 12 medals, including 4 gold in Asian GP Athletics

Chonburi (Thailand): National record holder Renjith Maheswary won the men`s triple jump event as India bagged 12 medals, including four gold, in the third and final leg of the Asian Grand Prix Athletics on Monday.

Maheswary`s leapt of 16.46m was though below his second leg gold-winning effort of 16.61m at Kanchanapuri. He had won a bronze in the first leg in Bangkok.

Another Indian, Arpinder Singh won the bronze with an effort of 15.85. Arpinder had also won a bronze in the first leg.

In total, India won four gold, five silver and three bronze.

The three other gold came from Rohit Kumar in men`s javelin throw and men`s and women`s 4X400m relay races.

Rohit hurled the spear to a distance of 69.12m while the women`s 4X400m relay team of Debashree Mazumdar, Kartnatapu Sowjanya, Ratandeep Kaur and M R Poovamma won their third yellow metal in the series in 3:38.22. The Indian women`s 4X400m relay team had won gold in both the first two legs in Bangkok and Kanchanapuri.

Their men`s counterparts Jitin Paul, Bibin Mathew, Shake Mortaja and P P Kunhu Muhammed won gold in 3:10.57. The Indian team had won gold in the first leg also. P P Kunhu Muhammed, who had won gold in men`s 400m race in the second leg, had to settle for silver today with a timing of 46.44.

Sajeesh Joseph also settled for silver in men`s 800m race in 1:49.96. He had won a gold in the first leg and a silver in the second. Ghamnada Ram bagged the bronze in 1:50.06.

Three other silver winner Indians were M R Poovamma in 400m race in 53.50, Sinimol Paulose in 800m in 2:03.34 and Mayookha Johny in long jump with a leapt of 6.50.

The women`s 4X100 relay team of Kartnatapu Sowjanya, Debashree Mazumdar, Ratandeep Kaur and Saraswati Sundram won a bronze in 49.06.


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