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India finish with 31 medals at Asian All-Star Athletics

July 30, 2010 22:16 IST

Triple jumper and national record holder Renjith Maheswary led the Indian gold medal charge as the home athletes faced little challenge from their opponents on the concluding day of the Asian All-Star Athletics Meet, which was skipped by top continental athletes, in Delhi on Friday.

Maheswary expectedly clinched gold with an impressive performance of 16.74m, a shade below his national mark of 17.04m. Kazakhstan's Yevgenily Ektov (16.69m) and compatriot Roman Valiyev (16.67m) were second and third respectively.

Other top Indians, men's shot putter Om Prakash and women's discus thrower Krishna Poonia bagged gold as there was not much competition with most of the top Asian athletes skipping the $70,000 meet.

But, national record holder 400m hurdler Joseph Abraham finished second with a 50.87 sec effort, more than a second below his national mark of 49.51 sec. Abraham, who was selected for Arjuna Award on Friday, slowed down at the home stretch after a strong start.

Japanese Koike Takayuki won gold with a timing of 50.08 sec while another Indian Avin Thomas won bronze with 50.89 sec.

India added six gold, four silver and four bronze on Friday to take their total medal tally to 31 in the meet. They had won six gold, five silver and six bronze on Thursday. The home country ended the two-day competition on 12 gold, nine silver and 10 bronze.

Shorn of top athletes, the meet did not witness tough competition among the participants with only two personal best efforts - from Tintu Luka in women's 800m and Mayookha Johny in women's long jump, both performances on Thursday.

In men's shot put, Commonwealth Games medal prospect Om Prakash won gold with a throw of 19.74m though below his best of 20.02m. Compatriot Saurabh Vij won silver with 19.09m while

Iran's Amin Abrahim Paul (18.65m) was third.

Poonia, who won the Arjuna Award on Friday, expectedly won the women's discus throw event with an effort of 60.93m while compatriots Harwant Kaur (58.73m) and national record holder

Seema Antil (54.21) were second and third respectively.

In women's 400m hurdle, India's Jauna Murmu won gold with an impressive timing of 57.39 sec, which is the fifth fastest in Asia this season. Uzbekistan's Asanova Natalya won silver clocking 59.17 sec while Thi Bac Nguyen of Vietnam bagged the bronze with 1:00.64 sec.

Veteran Sinimole Paulose, who was beaten by Tintu Luka in women's 800m on Thursday, bagged the gold in 1500m with an effort of 4:19.00, nearly three seconds outside her personal

best of 4:15.42. Uzbekistan's Ekaterina Tunguskova was second with 4:26.01 while Iranian Javeri Leila Ebrahimimo won bronze with 4:34.11.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's Shehan Sdaruwan Abepitiage and Guzel Khubbieva became the fastest man and woman in the meet respectively.

Abepitiage clocked 10.49 sec to win men's 100m sprint while Guzel Khubbieva of Uzbekistan timed 11.63 sec to win the women's 100m dash event. None of the Indians who made up half of the competition in both the events failed to finish for the podium.

Results:

MEN:

100m (-0.7): 1. Shehan Abeypitiyage (SL) 10.49

2. Tsui Chi Ho (HKG) 10.50

3. Chun Ho Lai (HKG) 10.63

1,500m: 1. Chaminda Indika Wijekoon (SL) 3:43.88

2. Artyom Kossininov (KAZ) 3:44.97

3. Chaitoli Hamza (IND) 3:48.03

5,000m: 1. Sandeep Batham (IND) 14:15.50

2. Ajay Kumar Patel (IND) 14:17.72

3. Agus Parayogo (INDS) 14:22.60

400m Hurdles: 1. Takayuki Koike (JPN) 50.08

2. Joseph G. Abraham (IND) 50.87

3. Avin A. Thomas (IND) 50.89

Triple Jump: 1. Renjith Maheswary (IND) 16.74 (1.1)

2. Yevgeniy Ektov (KAZ) 16.69 (0.7)

3. Roman Valiyev (KAZ) 16.67 (0.8)

Shot Put: 1. Om Prakash (IND) 19.74

2. Saurabh Vij (IND) 19.09

3. Amin Nikfar (IRI) 18.65

WOMEN:

100 (-0.5): 1. Guzel Khubbieva (UZB) 11.63

2. Maki Wada (JPN) 11.87

3. Yulia Gavrilova (KAZ) 11.91

1500m: 1. Sinimole Paulose (IND) 4:19.00

2. Ekaterina Tunguskova (UZB) 4:26.01

3. Javeri Leila Ebrahimimo (IRI) 4:34.11

400m Hurdles: 1. Juana Murmu (IND) 57.39

2. Natalya Asanova (UZB) 59.17

3. Thi Bac Nguyen (VIE) 60.64

High Jump: 1. Nadezhda Dusanova (UZB) 1.95

2. Anna Ustinova (KAZ) 1.93

3. Svetlana Radzivil (UZB) 1.88

Triple Jump: 1. Anna Bodorenko (KAZ) 13.50

2. Aleksandra Kotlyarova (UZB) 13.49

3. MA Prajusha IND 13.30

Discus Throw: 1. Krishna Poonia (IND) 60.93

2. Harwant Kaur (IND) 58.73

3. Seema Antil (IND) 54.21.

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