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Three bronze but Poonia flops in Asian athletics

Discus thrower Harwant Kaur, middle distance runner O P Jaisha and decathlete Bharat Inder Singh bagged a bronze each as India continued their medal hunt on the second day of the 19th Asian Athletics Championships in Kobe on Friday.

other Updated: Jul 08, 2011 22:47 IST

Discus thrower Harwant Kaur, middle distance runner O P Jaisha and decathlete Bharat Inder Singh bagged a bronze each as India continued their medal hunt on the second day of the 19th Asian Athletics Championships in Kobe on Friday.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist discus thrower Krishna Poonia, however, failed to make it to the podium as she
finished fourth.

Harwant, who had bagged a silver in the Commonwealth Games last year, could clear only 57.99m, well below her personal best of 63.05m, but was enough to win a bronze as all other competitors had come up with mediocre performances at the Kobe Universiade
Stadium.

China's Sun Taifeng won the gold with 60.89m while compatriot Xuejun Ma bagged the silver with an effort of 59.67m.

Poonia, who returned to action only last month after a
long injury lay-off, could only throw the discus to 56.23m,
way below her personal best of 63.69m. She, however, expressed happiness at her performance as she was just coming out from a knee injury.

Santosh wins gold
Asian Games silver medallist V. Santosh Kumar (64kg) Friday defeated Malinin Alexander of Russia to win the gold in the 21st President's Cup International Boxing Tournament in Jakarta, Indonesia.

It was a great achievement for the 19-year-old Indian considering his last tournament was the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games in December.