PU Chitra Wins Gold in 1500m race at Asian Athletics Championships to place India in 4th position

 Asian Athletics Championship is going on very prestigiously and many young talents are striving hard to bag medals for their merit.  Indian athletes once again made their name big in the game by bringing us gold and silver.  PU Chitra brought India a third gold while Ajay Kumar Saroj and Dutee Chand won a silver and a bronze in men's 1500m and women's 200m respectively.  It is a proud moment for all the Indians as PU Chitra gave a tough competition to Tigest Gashaw to bring the gold home.

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She was just few metres before from Gashaw to win the gold.  She crossed the line just before Gashaw to win the Athletic race at Asian Athletics Championship.  The 23-year-old athlet said, "Got a little nervous towards the end being next to Bahraini runner (Gashaw Tigest). She beat me to third place in Asian Games. I had to really push hard in the end."

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India stands fourth in medal tally

On the other hand, Saroj gave best of the performances in just 3 minute 43.18 seconds time to grab silver.  Also, Dutee, who had remained in the fifth in the 100m final after breaking the national record twice, clocked 23.24 seconds to win bronze in the women's 200m.

Though she first failed to catch the speed of other athletes in the 100 m race, later she speeded up and ran her best in the last 100 m and won the medal for India.

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Palakkeezhil Unnikrishnan Chithra is an Indian middle-distance runner who runs in the 1500 m distance. She so far bagged two gold and one bronze at the 2016 South Asian Games and 2017 Asian Championships and 2018 Asian Games respectively.

India had won 29 medals (12 Gold, 5 silver, 12 bronze) in the last time in Bhubaneswar in 2017 and that is the first time when India topped the medal tally. After the final game this year, Bahrain topped the medal tally with 11 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze, followed by China (10 gold, 13 silver, 7 bronze), Japan (5 gold, 4 silver, 9 bronze) and India.

by Neetu Panwar | Thu, Apr 25 - 11:46 AM

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