Indian athletes win 11 medals in Asian GP
Maha Singh maintained his gold winning performances at the Grand Prix circuit by winning gold in the men's long jump with a 7.55 m throw.india Updated: May 20, 2006 19:03 IST
Pinki Pramanik (800 m gold and 400 m silver), Maha Singh (long jump gold) and Anil Kumar (javelin gold) helped India win three gold, five silver and four bronze medals at the first Asian Grand Prix 2006 in Bangkok on Thursday.
Krishna Poonia (discus throw silver) Navpreet Singh (shot put silver), Francis Sagayaraj (800 m silver), Sunil Kumar (3000 m silver) and Pritam (3000 m bronze) were some of the other medal winners at the National Stadium, said a press release from the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).
"Pramanik blazed the track by winning silver in women's 400 m in 53.86 seconds and later she improved herself to win gold in the women 800 m run with a performance of two minutes 07.08 seconds," it said.
"Maha Singh maintained his gold winning performances at the Grand Prix circuit by winning gold in the men's long jump with a 7.55 m throw."
National javelin champion Anil of Haryana won a maiden title at the Asian level with a throw of 72.87 m.
In the absence of compatriots Seema Antil and Harwant Kaur, Krishna Poonia went down to Song Amin of China in the women's discus throw. Poonia threw the disc to 54.32 m while Amin managed 56.99 m.
Navpreet won silver in the men's shot put with a throw of 18.61 m before losing out to Zhang Ki of China who heaved the 7.26 kg shot put to 19.00 m.
Making the most of the absence of his compatriot Ghamanda Ram, India's Francis Sagayaraj grabbed his maiden medal in the Asian Grand Prix in the 800 m with timing of 1:53.75 seconds.
Sunil left Pritam behind to third place in the men's 3,000 m to claim silver medal with a timing of 8:26.75 seconds.
Rain and high humidity hampered the performances of the athletes. The caravan will move to Bangalore for the second Asian Grand Prix.
First Published: May 18, 2006 23:00 IST