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Asiad: Preeja Sreedharan wins 10,000m gold

Last updated on: November 21, 2010 18:11 IST

Top Indian long-distance runner Preeja Sreedharan clocked a personal best of 31:50:47 in the women's 10,000m final to clinch the country's fourth gold medal at the Asian Games in Guangzhou on Sunday.

Kavita Raut, who won the bronze in the women's 10000m at the Commonwealth Games last month, walked away with the silver with a personal best timing of 31:51.44.

Sreedharan, who had finished fifth in both the 5000m and the 10,000m in the last edition of the Games in 2006, raised her performance to give India a flying start in track and field.

The 28-year-old's previous personal best for the 10,000m was 32:04:41 recorded at Watford in June, 2008.

The 25-year-old Kavita's previous personal best was 32:41.31 in May this year.

Bahrain's Shitaya Eshete Habtegebrel won the bronze with a personal best timing of 31:53:27 at the Aoti Main Stadium.

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