Doha-India earn first medal in rowing
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Doha-India earn first medal in rowing

The Indian duo was at the second place through half way but ultimately could manage a bronze.

india Updated: Dec 07, 2006 12:58 IST

Kiran Yalamanchi and Bijender Singh gave India a bronze medal in the men's lightweight double sculls rowing competition of the 15th Asian Games in Doha on Thursday.

Kiran and Bijender clocked 3 minutes, 26.01 seconds to finish ahead of fourth-placed Kazakhstan and behind gold medal winners Japan and second-placed Thailand.

The Indian duo exhibited a power-packed performance in the first 500m to be placed second at the half-way stage, but they lost the fight for the silver to the fast-finishing Thai pair of T Ruthtanaphol and T Anupong.

However, India missed the bronze in the men's doubles sculls event as Amol Kumar Mehrolia and Bajranglal Takhar finished fourth with a timing of 3:25.90.

Uzbekistan won the gold medal clocking 3:16.74 and Korea bagged the silver with a timing of 3:20.01. China won the bronze in 3:33.47 secs.

In the women's four finals, the Indian team of Munshadi Khatun, Mamta Jena, Swathy Sanjay and Prabhaasini Dwibedy covered the distance in 3:57.31 to finish sixth.

First Published: Dec 07, 2006 12:58 IST