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Asian U20 Athletics Championships 2024 Day 2: India clinch four gold medals to go atop medal tally

Published at :April 27, 2024 at 2:44 AM
Modified at :April 27, 2024 at 2:49 AM
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Ashwathy Rajendran

Nine medals on Thursday took India’s medal tally to 13 at the Asian U20 Athletics Championships 2024.

The Asian U20 Athletics Championships 2024 in Dubai is underway from April 24 to 27 and the Indian contingent showed some exceptional performances on the opening day by bagging one gold and three silver medals.

Deepanshu Sharma clinching gold in the men’s javelin event with a throw of 70.29m while Rohan Yadav secured silver with a throw of 70.03m. Priyanshu contributed another silver to the team’s tally by finishing second in the men’s 1500m race with a time of 3:50.85 and Ritik claimed silver in the men’s discus throw event which further bolstered India’s medal count.

On the second day of the Athletics championships persisting in the endeavour, India finished with a collection of nine medals including four gold medals on Thursday alone which escalated India’s overall count in the tournament to 13.

ALSO READ: Full list of Indian medallists & medal tally at Asian U20 Athletics Championships 2024

The day kicked off with Aarti securing the bronze medal in a fiercely competitive women’s 10,000m race. Crossing the finish line with a time of 47:45.33 seconds, the Indian athlete not only clinched a podium spot but also surpassed the World Championships qualifying time of 49 minutes.

A double gold medal for India in both men and women category of the 3000m steeplechase event as Ranvir Singh and Ekta Dey secured the top spot with a time of 9:22.62s and 10:31.92s respectively.

Anurag Singh Kaler bagged the first place in the men’s shotput competition with a throw of 19.23m. Despite being the reigning champion, Siddharth Choudhary couldn’t retain his title in the men’s shotput event; however, he contributed for India in the discipline by securing the bronze with a throw of 19.02m.

Later in the day, Pavana Nagraj secured the fifth gold medal for India by in the women’s long jump event with a personal best distance of 6.32m.

Amanat Kamboj won the silver in women’s discus throw with a best effort of 50.45m. In the men’s 5000m race, Vinod Singh earned the silver medal with a time of 14:09.44s. Additionally, Aman Choudhary clinched the bronze medal in the men’s 400m event with a timing of 47.53s.

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In the women’s 400m event, disappointment hung in the air as Anushka Kumbhar finished fifth with a time of 56.52s and junior Federation Cup champion Sai Sangeetha Dodla finished seventh with a time of 57.26s and didn’t meet expectations. It’s worth noting that both athletes had recorded significantly faster times just last month in Lucknow.

In total, India amassed nine medals on the event’s second day including four gold, two silver and three bronze which showcases a stronger performance than Asian U20 Athletics Championships in Yecheon last year where India secured a tally of 19 medals and finished in the third position in the standings trailing behind Japan and the People’s Republic of China.

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