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The 20th Asian Athletics Championships : China tops the table

The 20th Asian Athletics Championships : China tops the table
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Pune (PTI): Asian Games gold medallist Sudha Singh failed to live up to the expectations as India settled with two silver and two bronze medals on a...

Pune (PTI): Asian Games gold medallist Sudha Singh failed to live up to the expectations as India settled with two silver and two bronze medals on a rather disappointing third day of the 20th Asian Athletics Championships here on Friday. Sudha was tipped to bag the women's 3000m steeplechase gold but she failed to do so as she was beaten by a long distance by Ruth Chebet of Bahrain, who ran a brilliant race to notch up her personal best of 9:40.84s, in the last event of the day. Champion
Sudha, who has already qualified for next month's World Championships, could only clock 9:56.27, well below her personal best of 9:45.60 as the seizable crowd at the Shiv Chhatrapati Stadium at Balewadi here were stunned into silence. Sudha was left behind by a big distance by Chebet from around one kilometer mark and the Indian could not recover her lost ground as the Bahraini maintained her tempo till the end. After Friday's four medals, India's tally swelled to nine with one gold, three silver and five bronze. The hosts have now slipped to sixth spot in the standings. China are leading the table with eight gold, three silver and two bronze, followed by Bahrain (4 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze) and Saudi Arabia (3 gold) at second and third respectively. Japan (2 gold, 2 silver, 6 bronze) and Uzbekistan (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze) were fourth and fifth respectively. Prem Kumar, one of the promising athletes who had done exceedingly well in last month's National Inter-State Championships, came up with a creditable 7.92m in the men's long jump. The 20-year-old youngster gave India its first medal in 13 years after Sanjay Kumar Rai won a silver in 2000 Jakarta Asian Championships with an effort of 8.03m.
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