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18th Asian Games : India’s Silver Rush Continues, Dharun Ayyasamy And Sudha Singh Join The Party

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Picture : Twitter

Indian athletes continued their fine showing at the track and field events at the 18th Asian Games at Jakarta. In the latest impressive performance India’s Dharun Ayyasamy clinched a silver in men’s 400m hurdles in national record time .

Ayyasamy clocked 48.96 seconds to shatter his own national record and finish behind Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba who won the gold with a Games record time of 47.66.

His earlier national record was 49.45 which he had come up with during the Federation Cup in March.

After Dharun , seasoned runner Sudha Singh joined the Silver medal bandwagon , the women’s 3000m steeplechase event. Sudha clocked 9 minute 40.03 seconds to win her second Asian Games medal.

 

Winfred Yavi of Bahrain took the gold in 9:36.52 while Thi Oanh Nguyen of Vietnam bagged the bronze in 9:43.83.

The 32-year-old Sudha had won a gold medal when women’s 3000m steeplechase was introduced in the Asian Games in 2010.

Sudha has a personal best of 9:26.55 while her season’s best is 9:39.59 which she came up with during the National Inter-State Championships in June.

If the performances of the duo was not enough, there was more good news for  India  as Neena Varakil  won the silver medal in women’s long jump.

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