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Asian Athletics: Manpreet, Lakshmanan strike GOLD


India at Asian AthleticsBhubaneswar: The Indian Athletes began their AAC 2017 campaign on an aggressive note on Day 1 by wii big two Gold, one Silver and 4 Bronze medals.

Manpreet Kaur gave India its first Gold by winning the Women’s Shot Put event with a career second best throw of 18.28m. She stunned defending champion Chinese Guo Tianqian. It was a perfect birthday gift for Manpreet.

India earned its second gold medal when Govindan Lakshmanan won the Men’s 5000m with 14 minutes 54.48 seconds. It was completely an one-sided event with Lakshmanan leaving his rivals way behind.

Vikas Gowda, who is still recovering from injuries, had to be content with a bronze medal in Men’s Discus throw. Sanjivini Jadhav added another bronze in Women’s 5000m. Annu Rani won a bronze in Women’s Javelin throw.

In Women’s Long Jump, India’s Nayana James & Neena V. win silver & bronze medals respectively. Vietnam’s Bui Thu takes gold.

India now tops the medal tally, while China is at No. 2 with 1 gold and 2 silver medals.

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