India opened its medal account with a gold after promising track and field athlete Inderjeet Singh bagged the yellow medal in men’s shot put event on the first day of the 21st Asian Athletics Championships here today.
Inderjeet, a bronze medalist in last year’s Asian Games in Incheon, clinched the gold by heaving the iron ball to a new championship record of 20.
41m, which he achieved in his fourth attempt. Chang Ming-Huang of Chinese Taipei won the silver with a throw of 19. 56m, while Tian Zizhong of the home country bagged the bronze with an effort of 19. 25m.
The 27-year-old left-handed Haryana shot putter, who has already qualified for next year’s Rio Olympic Games, thus became only the eighth Indian shot putter to win a gold medal in the history of Asian championships, joining Jagraj Singh (1973), Bahadur Singh (1975), Balwinder Singh (1985 and 1989), Shakti Singh (2000), Navpreet Singh (2007) and Om Prakash Singh Karhana (2009).
In the other finals of the day, woman long jumper Mayookha Johny finished sixth with a 6.
24m effort, while Gayathry Govindharajan ended at seventh position in women’s 100m hurdles with a timing of 13.
In men’s 110m hurdles, national record-holder Siddhanth Thingalaya crashed out in the heats with a disappointing timing of 14.
Earlier in the morning session, M R Poovamma qualified for the finals of women’s 400m as a fastest runner (52.
94 secs) in the heats, whereas Incheon Asiad bronze medallist Arokya Rajeev made it as fastest loser (46.
55s) in the heats in men’s 400m race.
Long jumpers Ankit Sharma (7.
56m) and Kumaravel Prem Kumar (7.
51m), as well as sprinter Srabani Nanda (11.
61 secs in women’s 100m) also qualified for the finals.