India bags 1,600m relay gold

NEW DELHI OCT. 31. The Indian women's quartet in 1,600m relay clinched gold medal on the final day as India overall finished a creditable third in the 10th Asian Junior athletic championships, which concluded in Bangkok on Thursday.

The women's team set a new junior National record when it completed the 4x400m relay race in 3m40.50s, ahead of Kazakhstan (3:42.44s) and Japan (3:44.48s).

With a tally of two gold, four silver and eight bronze medals, India improved its performance. In the previous championship held in Brunei, India had won one gold, six silver and three bronze medals.

The men's 1600m relay team won silver medal with a timing of 3m10.08s. Japan (3:07.51s) won the gold, while Iran (3:10.95s) settled for the bronze medal.

Seema Antil won her second medal, now in shot put, after having won discus bronze on Wednesday. Seema heaved the iron ball to 14.47m, while China had a 1-2 finish. Zhang Xiaoyu (18.18m) and Zhang Juan (16.40m) were way ahead of the rest of the field.

Indians also featured in three other events scheduled on the final day, but could not make the grade.

Sprinter Meera Singh clocked 12.44s in the 100m dash and came fifth. The race was won by China's Juan Hong Zhu (11.97s), while Thai Sanrat Nongnuch (12.00s) took the silver medal.

In the metric mile race, Ghamanda Ram came fifth, finishing in 3m55.97s. Qatari middle distance runners, Ara Suleiman (3:53.52s) and Kamal A. Ali (3:53.58), completed a 1-2 finish.

High-hurdler K.N. Priya was placed sixth with a timing of 14.74. China's Ji Fangqian (13.85) won the gold, while Japan's Fumiko Kumagai (13.97) took the silver medal.

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