Indian Athletes shine – Asian Athletics championships 2019

Indian Athletes shine – Asian Athletics championships 2019

Indian Athletes Shine at the Asian Athletics Championships 2019 which is being  held at Doha, Qatar between April 21 to 24.  Asian Athletics Association is the governing body of athletics in Asia.

India is currently placed fifth in the Asian Athletics Championships 2019 medal table. 

Asian Athletics Championships 2019 :

The  Asian Athletics Championships 2019  is the 23rd edition of the Asian Athletics Championships. It is being held in Doha, Qatar.  During the closing ceremony of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar in India, President of Asian Athletics Association (AAA) Dahlan Al Hamad officially handed over the AAA Flag to Qatar Olympic Committee Secretary-General and Qatar Athletics Federation President Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari.

The event is held at the Khalifa International Stadium and will serve as the test event for the 2019 Athletics World Championships which are being held at the same venue.

43 nation’s are participating in the championships.

Athletics Federation of India (AFI) :

Athletics Federation of India (AFI) is the apex body for controlling, promoting and managing sport of Athletics in India and is affiliated to the IAAF, AAA, MYAS and Indian Olympic Association.

As declared in Memorandum of Association of AFI in its Constitution, AFI is responsible to select and control the Indian Athletics Contingent for the Olympics, Asian Games, Common Wealth & SAF Games and various other International competitions under the patronage of IOA, IAAF and other federations/associations.

These Athlete made India proud in Asian Athletics Championships 2019 :

  1. Tejinder Pal Singh Toor  – Men’s Shot put – Gold Medal
  2. Gomathi Marimuthu – Women’s 800m Final race – Gold Medal
  3. Shivpal Singh – Men’s Javelin throw – Silver Medal
  4. Jabir Madari Palliyalil – Men’s 400m hurdles – Bronze medal
  5. Gavit Murali Kumar – Men’s 10000m – Bronze Medal
  6. Poovamma Raju Machettira – Women’s 400m Final – Bronze
  7. Avinash Mukund Sable –  3000m Men’s Steeplechase race – Silver medal
  8. Parul Chaudhary – Women’s 5000m race – Bronze medal
  9. Annu Rani – Women’s Javelin Throw – Silver medal
  10. Swapna Barman – Heptathlon – Silver Medal
  11. Muhammed Anas, M.R.Poovamma, V.K.Vismaya & Arokia Rajiv – 4X400m Mixed Relay team – Silver medal
  12. Sanjivani Jadhav – Women’s 10000m – Bronze medal
  13. Saritaben Gayakwad – 400m hurdles – Bronze medal

Tejinder Pal Singh Toor – Gold medal at Asian Athletics Championships 2019 :

Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, born 13 November 1994 is a shot putter who holds the outdoor national record of 20.75m.

Asian games shot put medal winner tejinder
Gold medal winner

Toor was born on 13 November 1994 in Khosa Pando village in Moga district, Punjab. Hailing from a family of farmers, he switched from cricket to shot put at the insistence of his father.

In June 2017, Toor recorded his personal best outdoor throw of 20.40m at the Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championships in Patiala,  but fell short of the World Championships qualification standard of 20.50m.  In the following month, he won the silver medal at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar with a throw of 19.77m, missing out on the gold medal by 0.03m.

The gold medal which he missed at Bhubaneshwar in the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships was won at the  Asian Athletics Championships 2019 at Doha, Qatar. His 1st round throw of 20.22m was enough to get him a gold in the Men’s Shot-put event.

Toor finished eighth in the final of the 2018 Commonwealth Games with a throw of 19.42m.On 25 August 2018, Toor won gold at the 2018 Asian Games with a 20.75m throw, breaking the Games Record and the national record.

Gomathi Marimuthu – Gold Medal at Asian Athletics Championships 2019 : 

Gomathi Marimuthu, the 30-year-old middle distance runner from Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, created history yesterday by winning India’s first gold medal in the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

She lost her farmer father to cancer. She struggled with an injury for two years. She lost her coach at the national camp to a heart attack.    But 30 year old Gomathi Marimuthu’s journey to winning India’s first gold at the Asian Athletics Championships is really an epitome of courage and conviction. 

Gomathi clocked a personal best time of 2 minute 02.70 seconds.   A daughter of farmers, for Gomathi, who only began professionally running when she was 20, it’s been ten long years of intense struggle. 

Shivpal Singh :

This 23-year-old won a Silver medal at the Asian championships in Doha with a personal best throw of 86.23 metres. India were represented by two throwers and while Shivpal finished second, Davinder Singh Kang – bronze medallist in the previous edition – finished at the bottom.

The medal was long time coming for someone who took up the sport at an early age. Shivpal was born in a family of javelin throwers and his father was a state-level competitor. His uncle and coach Jagmohan Singh was a 10-time gold medal winner in Services.

Jabir Madari Palliyalil :

Jabir won Men’s 400m hurdles bronzemedal with a personal bet of 49.13 seconds.

Gavit Murali Kumar :

The 21-year-old runner was born in Dang district of Gujarat. He made his debut in 2015 and has been going strong ever since.  This Indian long-distance runner, continued his preparations for the 2019 Asian Athletes Championships as he clinched the bronze medal.  

The long distance runner has been competing on the track ever since 2015 and has slowly progressed over the years. From his debut in 2015 – till now – Murli Kumar has been able to reduce his time for 5000 m by over forty seconds. While for 10000 m, the runner’s exploits and rigorous training have led to a reduction of over a minute.

Murli Kumar is one of India’s better prospects for Athletics in the future, and the 21-year-old will hope that he continues to deliver such performances.

Poovamma Raju Machettira :

She won bronze medal at women’s 400m finals  and a silver in 4x400m mixed relay at the 2019 Asian Athletes Championships at Doha, Qatar.

Machettira Raju Poovamma born on 5 June 1990 is a sprinter who specializes in the 400m distance.  As a member of the Indian 4×400 m relay teams she participated in the 2016 Olympics and won gold medals at the 2014 and 2018 Asian Games and 2013 and 2017 Asian championships; individually she won a silver medal in 2013 and a bronze in 2014 at those competitions. She received the Arjuna Award in 2015 for her contributions to athletics.

Poovamma was born to M. G. Raju and Jaji. She completed her primary and higher education in Mangaluru  and acquired her bachelor’s degree in business management from the Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Business Management, Karnataka. Her brother MR Manju also competed in the 400 m events at the national level.

Avinash Mukund Sable :

Sable clocked 8 minutes 30.19 seconds to win a silver in men’s 3000m steeplechase, his first international medal in his maiden international competition.

“I just gave my everything in the last 250m. I am really happy to win my first medal for the country,” he said.

Sable’s rise has been remarkable as he shifted from cross country to steeplechase in 2017. He was with Belarusian coach Nikolai Snesarev when he created his earlier national record during the National  Open Championships. He then parted ways with Nikolai and  trained with Army coach Amrish Kumar.

Maharashtra’s Sable, who is currently a havildar in the Army, had trained earlier under Kumar. 

Parul Chaudhary :

The 24-year-old Parul gave India the second medal as she finished third in women’s 5000m race, clocking a personal best of 15 minutes 36.03 seconds. She bettered her earlier personal best of 15:58.35 which she had clocked during the Federation Cup last month.

Annu Rani :

Annu Rani,  born on 28 August 1992 in Meerut is  a Javelin thrower and is the current national record holder. She is supported by Olympic Gold Quest, a not-for-profit  foundation that identifies and supports Indian athletes.

Rani, with a throw of 58.83 metres (193.0 ft) at the 2014 National Inter-State Championship in Lucknow,  broke the national record previously held by Furmeet Kaur, With this throw, she qualified for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with the selection criteria being 58.46 metres. At the event, she finished eighth, with a best of 56.37 meters in the final.

In the same year, at the Asian Gamesin Incheon, South Korea.  She won the bronze medal with a throw of 59.53 meters, bettering her own national record. She Born in Jatt Farmer Family in Dabthuwa Village of Meerut.

In Bhubaneswar in Odisha  at the  2017 Asian Athletics Championships, Rani took a bronze medal with a throw of 57.32m.

The 26-year-old Annu, who had won a bronze in the 2017 edition in Bhubaneswar, hurled the spear to a best distance of 60.22m to grab the silver. China’s Lyu Huihui won the gold with an effort of 65.83m at the Khalifa Stadium.

Annu’s performance was, however, more than 2m short of her national record shattering effort of 62.34m during the Federation Cup at Patiala last month, which earned her a berth in the World Championships to be held at the same venue in September-October.

Swapna Barman :

Swapna Barman won the silver in the heptathlon with 5993 points at the 2019 Asian Athletes Championships.

Swapna Barman, born on 29th October 1996 is a heptathlete. She won the gold medal at 2018 Asian Games and was placed first in the Heptathlon at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships. She is supported by the GoSports Foundation through the Rahul Dravid Athlete Mentorship Program.

Barman was born in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal in 1996. She is unusual in having six toes on each foot. Her mother Basana worked on a tea estate and her father, Panchanan Barman, was a rickshaw driver. and is bed-ridden after having suffered a stroke in 2013, making life tricky for his four children. She found it difficult to find the right food and her unusual feet caused her pain because she could not afford extra wide running shoes.

Swapna uses her prize money to look after her family who live in a house without a concrete wall. In 2016 she won a scholarship of 150,000 rupees in recognition of the success she had at athletics. She currently trains at the Sports Authority of India campus at Kolkata.

Sanjivani Jadhav :

Sanjivani Baburao Jadhav, born on 12th July 1996 is a long-distance athlete at 5000 m and 10,000 m. She won a bronze medal at 5000 m at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships.   She won a bronze medal at the 2019 Asian Athletics Championships with a record timing of 32:44:96 seconds.

Jadhav was born in Nashik. She attended Bhonsala Militry college where she combined her ambition for sport with that of becoming a civil servant. She was identified as an outstanding athlete and supported by SportsNest who nurture sports athletes. In 2013 she won three medals at the 1st Asian School Athletics Meet. She came second in the 2016 Delhi marathon.

She is coached by Vijender Singh who trained Kavita Raut.  In 2018 she took a bronze medal in the 8 km event as part of the Asian Cross Country Championships in Guiyang.

Sanjivani received the Shivchhatrapati Award in 2018.

Saritaben Gayakwad :

Saritaben Laxmanbhai Gayakwad born  on 1st June 1994  is a sprinter who specializes in the 400m  hurdles.  She was part of the Indian Women’s 4×400 m relay team that won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games.

Gujarat Govt. has selected her as a brand ambassador of Gujarat State Poshan Abhiyan.

Gayakwad was born on 1 June 1994 in a tribal family in Kharadi Amba village, Dang District, Gujarat. She represented her state in national level kho kho competitions till 2010, before making the switch to sprinting.

Gayakwad was selected in the Indian women’s 4x400m relay team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. She thus became the first track and field athlete from the state to be selected for the Commonwealth Games.

The quartet of Gayakwad, M.R.Poovamma, Hima Das and V.K.Vismaya clocked 3:28.72 in the final to clinch the gold medal.

She won a bronze medal with a record of 57.2 seconds at the 400m hurdles at the 2019 Asian Athletes Championships.

Mohammed Anas:

Mohammed was part of 4x400m mixed relay team which won silver medal at the 2019 Asian Athletes championships at Doha, Qatar.

Mohammad Anas Yahiya, born 17 September 1994 is a sprinter who specializes in the 400m distance. He competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics  in the 400 m. and the 4×400 m relay and holds the national record (45.31) in the 400 meters, which he set at the 2018 Czech Athletics Championships.

At the 2018 Asian Games, Anas won three silver medals, in the individual 400 m, and men’s 4×400 m and mixed 4×400 m relays. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games he placed fourth in the 400 m, while his men’s 4×400 m failed to finish.

Anas took up athletics at the Style Sports Academy in Nilamel. He initially trained in the long jump  and changed to 400 m by chance, when his school team was looking for a last-minute replacement for a 400 m competition. His younger brother competed in the long jump at the 2017 World University Games.

C.K.Vismaya :

Vismaya was part of the Indian 4x400m mixed relay team which won silver medal at the 2019 Asian Athletes Championships.

Velluva Koroth Vismaya, born 14 May 1997 is a sprinter who specializes in the 400m. She was part of the Indian Women’s 4×400 m. relay team that won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian games.

Arokia Rajiv :

He was part of the Indian 4x400m mixed relay team which won silver medal at the 2019 Asian Athletes Championships at Doha, Qatar.

Arokia Rajiv, born 22nd May 1991 is an Indian sprinter who specializes in the 400m distance. He won silver medals in the men’s and mixed 4×400 m relays at the 2018 Asian Games and placed third in the individual 400 m in 2014. He won medals in both the 400 m and 4×400 m events at the 2016 South Asian Games and 2017 Asian Championships. He competed in the relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Rajiv was born in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu in a poor family. He studied at the Government Boys Higher Secondary School  Lalgudi  and St. Joseph’s College Tiruchirappalli.

Rajiv began his career as a long jumper before taking to 400m.  At the 2014 Asian Games, he won the bronze medal, clocking 45.92 seconds in the final.[4] In the process, he bettered his previous best of 46.13 seconds, which he had achieved at the National Inter-State Championships in Lucknow in June 2014.

Women’s Hockey clinches Silver medal in Asian games at Indonesia

Women’s Hockey clinches Silver medal in Asian games at Indonesia

The Indian women hockey team’s dream of reclaiming the gold at the 18th Asian games at Jakarta after 36 years remained unfulfilled as it lost 1-2 to Japan to settle for the silver medal.   It was yet another heartbreak for Indian hockey, a day after the fancied men’s team lost to Malaysia via penalty shoot-out in the semifinals. Coming into the match, the Indians were favorites to the title as they have ranked five places above Japan at ninth in the world rankings. But the Japanese matched India stick for stick and took the lead in the 11th minute when Minami Shimizu converted their first penalty corner.

Valiant India went down fighting and won the silver medal as they lost 1-2 to Japan in the women’s hockey semi-final of the 2018 Asian Games. Kawamura Motomi scored the decisive and eventual winning goal in the 43rd minute as Japan clinched the gold medal. India kept pushing for an equalizer in the fourth quarter and even came close in the closing stages but failed to score.

India, however, did not give up and pressed hard for the equalizer which came in the 25th minute when Neha Goyal deflected in a Navneet Kaur reverse hit pass, as both the teams went into the breather locked at 1-1. The Japanese, however, came out rejuvenated after the change of ends and restored their lead through another penalty corner conversion, by skipper Motomi Kawamura in the 44th minute.  In the final quarter, the Indians pressed hard in search of the equalizer but Japan defended in numbers to win the match and claim the gold medal.

Japan kept the pressure on India and reaped the benefits after a deflected and well-taken penalty corner strike gave the former the lead. The Japanese side played an attacking game, especially in the first quarter. The second quarter saw India up their ante and their offensive play orchestrated by Navneet in the 25th minute helped Neha equalize for India. A confident India women’s hockey team will be vying to win the gold medal after a long wait of 36 years. India won the gold medal in 1982, the year women’s hockey was first included in the Asian Games program. They reached the final for the second time in 1998 when they lost 1-2 to South Korea. They bagged bronze medals in 2006 and 2014.

Congratulations to Women’s hockey team for winning the medal.

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Dutee Chand Bags Silver at Women’s 200 mts.

Dutee Chand Bags Silver at Women’s 200 mts.

Dutee Chand (born 3 February 1996) is an Indian professional sprinter and current national champion in the women’s 100 meters event.  She is the third Indian woman to ever qualify for the Women’s 100 meters event at the Summer Olympic Games.

The 22-year-old clinched a silver medal each in the women’s 100 mts. And 200 pts. In her first Asian Games as she was not allowed to participate in 2014 while serving a ban under the hyperandrogenism policy of the IAAF.

She joined her illustrious compatriots such as P.T.Usha in the list of athletes who have won more than one medal at Asian Games.

Congratulations Dutee Chand on your achievement.

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Pincky Balhara gets Silver in Kurash

Pincky Balhara gets Silver in Kurash

India’s Kurash contingent, which did not have money to even pay for its kits, has beaten all odds to land medals at the Asian Games through teenager Pincky Balhara.

How Balhara got to the Asian Games is a fascinating story. The team had to go to Uzbekistan for a 20-day training camp ahead of the Games and help came from her village.  “People in my village pooled in Rs 1.75 lakh to send me to training camp. They all have supported me a lot. I am forever indebted to them,” said a teary-eyed Balhara

Balhara hails from Neb Sarai village in Delhi, made history by winning the silver in the 52kg category. The sport is making its debut at the Asian Games.

It is a remarkable effort from Pincky in a sport that is almost unheard of in India. Questions were raised about the team’s participation at the Games and the Indian Olympic Association had said the athletes would have to pay for their kits as they come from a non-recognized Kurash Association of India (KAI).  KAI is not even recognized by the Sports Ministry but after Tuesday’s outcome, that could soon be a reality.

Kurash, a sport popular in Central Asia, is played while standing while one can also push the opponent to the ground in judo. Balhara has won judo medals in international competitions and was instant medal prospect at the Asian Games.

Kurash is a traditional martial art from Uzbekistan that resembles wrestling. The 19-year-old Pinky Balhara went down to Uzbekistan’s Sulaymanova Gulnor 0-10 in the summit clash to win the silver.

Congratulations to Pincky Balhara.  We are proud of her and best wishes to her future endeavors.

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Sanjeev Rajput gets India a Silver Medal in shooting

Sanjeev Rajput gets India a Silver Medal in shooting

Sanjeev Rajput (5 January 1981) is an Indian Shooter born to Krishan Lal of Jagadhri.  He went to SD Public School at Jagadhri, Haryana.  At the age of 18, he joined the Indian Navy as a sailor.

Rajput ended with a score of 452.7 to finish second behind Zicheng Hui of China, who came out of nowhere to clinch the gold medal with a score of 453.3. Takayuki Matsumoto of Japan bagged the bronze with a score of 441.4.  Rajput dominated the proceedings in the keeling and prone positions. However, an erratic show in the standing round put paid to his hopes of gold.

Sanjeev Rajput is an Arjun Awardee.  Congratulations.

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Deepak Kumar Gets Silver at Jakarta Asian Games shooting

Deepak Kumar Gets Silver at Jakarta Asian Games shooting

Deepak Kumar (born 5 November 1987) is an Indian Sport Shooter. This is Deepak’s first medal at a major tournament. Earlier this year, he finished fourth and fifth at the Guadalajara World Cup and Commonwealth Games respectively.

His entry into the sport was almost accidental. “Jaspal Rana’s  (former World No. 1 pistol shooter) academy was a couple kilometers away from his  Gurukul  in Poundha. One day Jaspal’s father came up to Guruji and urged him to send some of the students to the academy for shooting classes free of charge. He felt that the students would do well in the sport since the students practiced meditation, which was a much-needed virtue.   His journey started from there.

Deepak Kumar shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top with a games record 249.1 at the JSC Shooting Range at Jakarta. Dee[al then shot a 10.8 to get the better of Raci (205.2) who combined with Apurvi Chandela to win bronze the air rifle mixed event.

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Lakshya Sheoran bags silver at Jakarta Asian Games

Lakshya Sheoran bags silver at Jakarta Asian Games

Young Lakshya Sheoran has brought smiles on the faces of every Indian!   Lakshya Sheoran settled for silver in the men’s trap finals to add another medal to the Indian haul at the 2018 Asian Games.  Lakshay managed to hit a total of 43 out of maximum shots of 50.   He finished at the second spot in the men’s trap shooting event in the 18th edition of Asian Games.

Lakshay, a product of Sports Authority of India’s Sonepat Centre of Excellence, was making his Asian Games debut.  Lakshay, who has competed in many World Championships at the junior level, kept his cool to produce a perfect 5/5 when only the top three contenders were left to assure himself of a silver medal.

Our shooters continue to make us proud! Congratulations Lakshay Sheoran for winning Silver medal.

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