India ended the Asian Athletics Championships 2017 on a high at the Kalinga Stadium on Sunday. In a stunning show of dominance, the hosts clinched five gold medals on the final day to top the medal tally for first time in the history of the Asian Athletics Championships, pushing China to second spot. This was India’s most-successful campaign in the event ever.
With Sunday’s 5 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze, India ended the four-day championships on top with their highest ever medal haul of 29 medals (12 gold, 5 silver and 12 bronze). India’s best came way back in the 1985 Jakarta edition where they had won 22 medals (10 gold, 5 silver, 7 bronze).
The gold rush on began with Swapna Barman as she secured 5932 points in the women’s heptathlon. Apart from Barman, Govindan Lakshmanan, Neeraj Chopra and women’s 4x400m relay team secured the gold medals. For Lakshmanan Sunday’s medal was the second gold after he won his first on the first day. Nirmala Sheoran, Muhammad Anas, PU Chitra and Ajay Kumar Saroj were the others who won the gold.
“I could not win a gold in the two events in China but since then I have improved a lot. Though the timings were slow due to humid conditions, I’m happy to have won two gold medal for the country. I hope to improve my best timing in the World Championships,” Lakshmanan said after winning the gold.
Among those who won the silver medal includes- V Neena, Rajiv Arokia, Tejinder Pal Singh Toor. While those who won the bronze includes Dutee Chand, Jisna Mathew among others.
China ended this edition on second position with 8 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze. They were followed by Kazakhstan (8) Iran (5) and Vietnam (4 ).
One more day to remember. We are proud of Indian athletes. No matter which sport it is, our players have always excelled.