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Relay quartet’s gold adds glitter to rich haul

India clinched a gold in the women’s 4x 400m relay in a sensational race to finish sixth overall as the curtains were drawn on the 20th Asian Athletics Championships with China confirming their supreme status in the continent here on Sunday.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2013 02:25 IST

India clinched a gold in the women’s 4x 400m relay in a sensational race to finish sixth overall as the curtains were drawn on the 20th Asian Athletics Championships with China confirming their supreme status in the continent here on Sunday.

The home team came up with a rich haul of eight medals, one gold, two silver and five bronze on the fifth and final day to give the houseful Shivchhatrapati Stadium crowd a lot to cheer.

India ended the Championships with two gold, five silver and 10 bronze, a much-improved performance than the last edition in 2011 in Kobe, Japan where they had finished seventh with one gold, three silver and eight bronze.

Gowda shines
Vikas Gowda had won India’s other gold in men’s discus throw on the second day on Thursday.

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Besides, the gold from relay team comprising MR Poovamma, Tintu Luka, Anu Mariam Jose and Nirmala, India won a silver and a bronze in men’s triple jump through Renjith Maheswary and Arpinder Singh.

India also bagged a silver and bronze in women’s 200m through Asha Roy and Dutee Chand respectively. Luka, Satinder Singh and Jithin C Thomas added a bronze each in women’s 800m, men’s 400m hurdles and men’s high jump respectively.

The women’s 4x400m relay team, which was caught in a controversy after India wanted to include dope-tainted Ashwini Akkunji only to be rejected by competition technical delegate, also made it to next month’s World Championships in Moscow.