Bhubaneshwar, July 9: Indian athletes continue to shine in the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship being held at Kalinga Stadium in Odisha capital Bhubaneswar as it bags 20 medals including 7 gold, 4 silver and 9 bronze and leads in a tally medal. China is in the second spot with 5 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze while Iran is in the third with 4 gold and 1 bronze.
Notably, on the third day of the athletics i.e on Saturday, Sudha Singh clinched gold in the women's 3 thousand metre steeplechase. She finished at the top of the podium with a time of nine minutes and 59.47 seconds.
Meanwhile, Anu R grabbed Silver in women 400 metres hurdles in 57.22 seconds. On the other side, Odia star athletes Dutee Chand and Srabani Nanda along with other two sprinters Merlin Joseph and Himashree Roy completed the 4x100m relay event finals in 44.57 seconds securing the bronze medal. The Indian athletes added five more medals yesterday taking its tally to 20 including 7 gold.
In women's long jump, Sheena was lucky as she grabbed the bronze with her final effort of 13.42m. Jabir then added an unexpected bronze in men's 400m hurdles, clocking a personal best of 50.22 seconds behind Eric Shawn Cray (49.57) of Philippines and Chen Chieh (49.75) of Chinese Taipei.
Today is the closing day of the Asian Athletics meet and the host country is just three medals away from surpassing the all-time record. India had bagged 22 medals in 1985 and 1989 at Jakarta and New Delhi Asian Athletics Championships.
Shot putter Manpreet Kaur and long distance runner G Lakshmanan grabbed gold medals on a remarkable opening day for India. Whereas, V Neena and Nayan James bagged a silver and bronze in women's long jump while Vikas Gowda, Sanjivini Yadav, Annu Rani added a bronze each in the men's discus throw, women's 5000m race and javelin throw respectively. Manpreet also bagged gold medal for India.