Golden Day For India As The Trio Win.

Asian Athletics: Jyothi, Ajay and Abdulla delivered the goods when it mattered most.

Jul 14, 2023 - 22:46
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Golden Day For India As The Trio Win.
File Photos of Jyothi, Ajay and Abdulla.

Ajay Kumar Saroj was caught in a box for a good part of the men's 1500m final at the 25th Asian Athletics Championships in Bangkok on Thursday. The 2017 Asian champion was stuck in the inner lane with runners surrounding him, nine of them in front, including Qatar's Mohamed al Garni who began as the event's top seed. But the 26-year-old from Uttar Pradesh made his move on the final corner, moving away and climbing to third, and produced a fine finish to complete a hat-trick of Asian Championships medals. He had won a silver at the last edition, in Doha 2019. After a quiet opening day, India won three golds on the second day.

Jyothi Yarraji won India's first-ever women's 100m hurdles title at the Asians while Commonwealth Games silver medallist Abdulla Aboobacker won the men's triple jump gold with a season best 16.92m which came in the fourth round. Jyothi did not have a great start but she was superior in the second half of the race. The 23-year-old from Vishakhapatnam overcame rain and a strong challenge from Japan's seasoned Asuka Terada and Masumi Aoki for a memorable victory. India also won two bronze medals through decathlete Tejaswin Shankar and female quartermiler Aishwarya Mishra. 

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