With their sudden and gorgeous timings, doping points and mysterious accidents, the quartermilers might usually be beneath scrutiny at house. However for a couple of minutes on Saturday night in Bangkok, the 4x400m blended relay workforce brushed away all the troubles and received the gold with a meet document on the twenty fifth Asian Athletics Championships.
The Indian workforce, comprising Rajesh Ramesh, Aishwarya Mishra, Amoj Jacob and Subha Venkatesan, needed to stave off a robust problem from Japan within the final two legs earlier than profitable the gold in 3:14.70s which was additionally a brand new nationwide document.
“Earlier than the race, we had been all overvalued, in fact we had been tense however we knew we may get the gold,” stated Amoj.
“Now, we will probably be specializing in the World Championships.”
India additionally received three silver medals by means of lengthy jumper M. Sreeshankar, excessive jumper Sarvesh Khusare and heptathlete Swapna Barman on the championships’ penultimate day and T. Santhosh Kumar took a bronze within the males’s 400m hurdles.
The lengthy bounce competitors was very shut. Sreeshankar, No. 2 within the World record this 12 months together with his 8.41m, had an exquisite sequence with 5 jumps over 8.10m and was within the lead until the midway stage. However Taipei’s Lin Yu-Tang surprised the sphere and grabbed the lead and later the gold with a large 8.40m leap within the fourth spherical to pip Sreeshankar who had an enormous 8.37m effort within the final spherical. That additionally noticed the 24-year-old Indian qualify for subsequent 12 months’s Paris Olympics.
Swapna Barman has been battling a again damage for a while. And final 12 months, the Asian Video games champion even introduced that she was quitting the game. However as an alternative of giving up fully, Swapna made her coaching load lighter and was rewarded with a silver within the heptathlon.
“I’ve simply been doing one coaching session every single day for the final two months. The Asian Video games are my goal…will determine the whole lot after that,” stated the 26-year-old.
The outcomes (medalists and Indian performances): Males: 400m hurdles: 1. Bassem Mohammed (Qat) 48.64s, 2. Yusaku Kodama (Jpn) 48.96, 3. T. Santhosh Kumar (Ind) 49.09, Yashas Palaksha (ind) DNS.
Lengthy bounce: 1. Lin Yu Tang (Tpe) 8.40m MR, OR Hussain Taber al-Sabee, 8.33, 2000, 2. M. Sreeshankar (Ind) 8.37 BMR, 3. Zhang Mingkun (Chn) 8.08.
Excessive bounce: 1. Woo Sanghyeok (Kor) 2.28m, 2. Sarvesh Anil Khushare (Ind) 2.26, 3. Tawan Kaeodam (Tha) 2.26. 7. Tejaswin Shankar (Ind) 2.10.
Discus throw: 1. Abudaini Tuergong (Chn) 61.19m, 2. Eissa Zankawi (Kuw) 60.23, 3. Muhammed Irfan (Mas) 59.63.
Ladies: 400m hurdles: 1. Robyn Lauren Brown (Phi) 57.50s, 2. Eri Utsunomiya (Jpn) 57.73, 3. Ami Yamamoto (Jpn) 57.80.
Heptathlon: 1. Ekaterina Voronina (Uzb) 6098 pts, 2. Swapna Barman (Ind) 5840, 3. Yuki Yamasaki (Jpn) 5696.
Combined 4x400m relay: 1. India (Rajesh Ramesh, Aishwarya Mishra, Amoj Jacob, Subha Venkatesan) 3:14.70s, 2. Sri Lanka (3:15.41), 3. Japan (3:15.71).