Premkumar wins bronze in Asian Indoor Athletics
New Delhi: India opened their medal account with Kumaravel Premkumar, bagging a bronze in men`s long jump on the first day of the fifth Asian Indoor Athletics Championships at Hangzhou, China on Saturday.
19-year-old Premkumar made a jump of 7.62m in the finals to win the bronze.
Ling Qing of China also registered the same distance but Premkumar was adjudged third as he had a better series than the Chinese.
However, the Indian missed the silver medal by just one centimetre to defending champion Rikiya Saruyama of Japan. The gold in this event went to China`s Li Jinzhe who had a jump leapt of 7.98m.
Premkumar`s mark today bettered the previous Indian indoor record of 7.49m set by Maha Singh in the Asian Indoor Games at Pattaya, Thailand, seven years ago.
Apart from Premkumar`s bronze, all the other Indian athletes finished outside the podium of the two-day championships.
Metric miler Kariappa Ranjan was fourth in 1500m (4:00.03), missing the bronze medal by 0.2 secs, while his compatriot Ravinder Singh Rautela finished sixth 1.4 secs behind.
In the women`s 15000 race, S R Bindu finished sixth with a time of 4:20.92.
High jumper Sahana Kumari also finished fourth with a leapt of 1.80m. Zheng Xingjuan of China won the gold with a leapt of 1.92m. Pole vaulter Bineesh Jacob had a `no mark` against his name.
Former Asian Indoor champion P J Vinod was at third place in men`s heptathlon after the completion of four events on the first day.