The Indian contingent proved its mettle at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships held in Bhubaneshwar and ended the tournament brilliantly. Moreover, India ended China's hegemony in Athletics in the Asian region. It is the best ever medal haul by Indian athletes and has placed the country on the top of the table with twelve gold medals in the kitty.
Consolidating the lead of host country, Mohammad Anas clinched a gold in the men’s 400-metre events at Kalinga Stadium.
Alongwith Mohammed Anas, Nirmala Sheoran too grabbed the yellow metal in women’s 400m event.
It was difficult to hear what Ajay Kumar Saroj is trying to say, moments he was informed that he has to attend a press conference after he was declared the gold medalist for men’s 1,500 metres.
Twenty-two-year-old PU Chitra from Mundur, a non-descript village in Palakkad district in Kerala, endured the rain and surpassed all expectations to clinch gold in women's 1500m.
Govind Laxmanan won the double in long distance races, he had won the 5000 m and came back strongly to bag the yellow medal in the 10000 m.
Sudha Singh clinched a gold in women’s 3000m steeplechase event to swell India’s medal tally on the third and penultimate day.
Manpreet Kaur, a mother of five-year-old, stole the yellow metal for India on the opening day of the tournament in Women's shot put.
Neeraj Chopra threw an impressive 85.23m, a record, to win another gold for India in Javelin Throw event.
Swapna Barman, who qualified for the upcoming World Championships in August 2017, emerged victorious with a gold medal in the heptathlon event.
India also bagged yellow metal in men’s 4x400 metres relay category, adding yet another feather to the cap.
Alongwith the Men's team, Women's 4×400 relay team too stole the show with a gold medal in their kitty.