Anas, OP Karhana bag Gold as India end Asian Grand Prix Athletics Leg 3 with a rich haul of 8 medals

National record holder Muhammed Anas and shot putter Om Prakash Karhana clinched a gold each as India bagged a rich-haul of eight medals in the third and last leg of Asian Athletics Grand Prix 2017 in Taipei City.

India also won 4 Silvers through Manpreet Kaur (Women’s Shot Put), Tintu Luka (Women’s 800m), Jinson Johnson (Men’s 800m) and Dutee Chand (Women’s 100m) while Neeraj Chopra (Men’s Javelin Throw) and MR Poovamma (Women’s 400m) settled for a bronze each. Poovamma was also denied visa to China along with Anas.

Anas, who could not get visa for the first two legs of the Asian GP in two Chinese cities, clocked 45.69 secs to win the gold in his first international meet of the season. His effort, however, fell short of the World Athletics Championships 2017 entry mark of 45.50secs.

In Men’s Shot Put, Karhana won a gold with a best throw of 19.58m which came in his 3rd attmpt.

Shot putter Manpreet Kaur could manage a throw of 17.38m en route to silver. She had broken National Record in first leg with 18.86m.

In Women’s 800m, Tintu Luka clocked a below-par 2:03.97 to finish second. She had won Silvers in first 2 legs as well.

In Men’s 800m, Jinson Johnson clocked 1:51:35 to win a silver.

In Women’s 100m, Dutee Chand won a Silver with 11.52 secs. Dutee had won a bronze in the first leg and a silver in the second leg.

It was a below par show by World Championship-bound Neeraj Chopra as he managed only 79.90m to win bronze.

MR Poovamma won India’s second bronze with a timing of 53.11s in Women’s 400m.

India had won 7 medals (1 G, 4 S, 2 B) in the first leg on April 24 and 6 medals (1 G, 4 S, 1 B) in the second leg on April 27.


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