September 24, 2023

India Shines at Asian Athletics Championships, Secures 27 Medals Including Six Golds

India concluded their impressive campaign at the Asian Athletics Championships held in Bangkok, Thailand, with a remarkable tally of 27 medals, including six golds. The Indian team secured a third-place finish in the showpiece event, trailing behind Japan, who claimed 16 gold medals and 37 medals in total, and China, who bagged eight golds and 22 medals overall.

The championship was significant as it offered quotas for the upcoming Asian Games and the 2024 Paris Olympics. Notably, Murali Sreeshankar earned a qualification spot for the Olympics by winning a silver medal in the long jump event, achieving an impressive jump of 8.37 meters. Sreeshankar’s performance marked his sixth top-three finish this year and became his second biggest jump of his career, surpassing his previous record of 8.41 meters set in June at the Inter State Athletics Championships.

Jyothi Yarraji emerged as a standout performer, clinching a gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdles and a silver in the 200m event. Parul Chaudhary also excelled by securing gold in the women’s 3000m steeplechase and a silver in the 5000m category, showcasing her exceptional endurance.

Other notable medalists from the Indian team include Tajinderpal Singh Toor, who defended his shot put title with a throw of 20.23 meters before sustaining a groin injury, Abdullah Aboobacker, who set a new record in the men’s triple jump with a jump of 16.92 meters, and Tejaswin Shankar, who claimed bronze in the men’s decathlon event.

The Indian team showcased their strength across various disciplines, with Shaili Singh winning silver in the women’s long jump, DP Manu securing silver in the men’s javelin throw, and Ajay Kumar Saroj and the mixed 4x400m relay team both earning gold medals.

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Additional silver and bronze medals were claimed by Indian athletes, including Anil Sarvesh Kushare, Swapna Barman, Priyanka Goswami, Chanda, Krishan Kumar, Abha Khatua, Abhishek Pal, Aishwarya Mishra, Santosh Kumar, Vikash Singh, Ankita, Manpreet Kaur, Gulveer Singh, and the women’s relay team.

India’s remarkable performance at the Asian Athletics Championships highlights the nation’s growing prowess in the field of athletics and sets the stage for future success at international competitions.