Asian Athletics Championships 2019: Indians bag 5 medals

New Delhi: Javelin thrower Annu Rani and 3000m steeplechaser Avinash Sable led the charge with a silver each as India won five medals on the opening day of the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships 2019 on Sunday in Doha, Qatar.

Parul Chaudhary bagged a bronze medal in women’s 5000m race, MR Poovamma finished third in women’s 400m with a time of 53.21s and Gavit Murali Kumar bagged another bronze medal for India in the 10,000m event.

With five medals to their name, India was fifth in the medals tally. Bahrain leads the table (7 medals), China second (5 medals), Iran third (2 medals) and Philippines fourth (1 medal).

Earlier in the morning session, 23-year-old Dutee Chand clocked 11.28 seconds to set a national record while winning her heat in the women’s 100m race. She has qualified for the semifinals. Dutee bettered her earlier national record of 11.29 seconds which she set last year in Guwahati.

The Odisha runner, however, could not touch the 11.24-second qualification mark for the World Championships.

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