Ace discus thrower Vikas Gowda clinched the first gold for India as the home team won three medals on the second day of the Asian Athletics Championships. With this win, Gowda has booked a berth for next month's World Championships in Moscow.
Gowda, who turns 30 on Friday, threw 64.90m in his fourth attempt to win his first Asian Championships gold in five appearances. He had won a silver each in 2005 and 2011.
MR Poovamma won a silver in women's 400m while unheralded Ratiram Saini bagged a bronze in men's 10,000m as India increased their medals tally to five (1 gold, 1 silver, three bronze) and are placed fourth. China led the tally with five gold, two silver and one bronze.
"Winning silver in front of a huge crowd in the Commonwealth Games was one of my most memorable moments. But today's gold is right on top of everything," he said.
China's sprint double
China's Su Bingtian and Wei Yongli emerged the fastest runners in the 100m finals. Su retained the men's title 10.17secs which was slower than the 10.06 he ran at home in Beijing in May.
But his effort was enough to keep him ahead of Asian record-holder and favourite Samuel Francis of Qatar, who was second in 10.27 seconds. Barakat Al-Harthi of Oman won bronze with 10.30secs.
Wei cruised to victory in the women's 100m final clocking 11.29secs.
Chisato Fukushima of Japan was second (11.53secs) and China's Tao Yujia was third (11.63secs).
Dope-tainted double Asian Games quartermiler gold medallist Ashwini Akkunji returned after a two-year ban.
"I have no immediate plans to start competition. Maybe I will take part in National Open Athletics Championships in Ranchi in September,” said Akkunji, who had won the 400m hurdles and 4X400m hurdles at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.