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Indian women win 4x400 gold
December 12, 2006 22:46 IST
India won its first gold medal in track and field at the Asian Games through its women's 4x400 metres relay team on Tuesday.
The quartet of Sati Geetha, Pinki Paramanik, K Chitra and Manjeet Kaur, in lane 5, overcame a strong field to win the race in 3:32.95 seconds.
Kazakhstan was second in 3:33.86 seconds while China took the bronze in 3:33.92 seconds. Japan and Sri Lanka were fourth and fifth respectively.
A little earlier, Sinimole Paulose ran a brave race in a very strong 1500 metres field to finish with a bronze medal.
Sinimole, the 23-year-old Kerala runner, placed third, with a time of 4:15.09 seconds.
The race was won by favourite Maryam Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain (4:08.63). Japan's Yuriko Kobayashi took silver in 4:14.96 seconds.
Sinimole had finished fifth in 800 metres, clocking a personal best of 2:03.76 seconds. This evening though she could not match her 1500m best of 4:14.7 second, which she had timed at Colombo earlier this year.
The other Indian in the fray -- O P Jaisha -- did not finish the race.
Sinimole ran a technical race. She paced herself well and in the last lap got herself among the medal winners, managing to pip Vietnam's Thanh Hang Troung for the bronze.
Troung clocked a personal best of 4:17.66 seconds for fourth place.
However, India's medal hopes in women's 4x100m relay were shattered when the quartet of Jyothi Manjunath, Deepthi Jose, Nidhi and Poonam Tomar clocked a season's best of 46.29 seconds only to finish fifth.
The Indians lost the medal because of their technical fault. They had a false start and were warned. That affected their next start which was bit late.China took the gold with a season's best timing of 44.33, followed by Japan (44.87) and Chinese Taipei (45.86).
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