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Chitra fetches India gold in women's 400m race

Chitra Soman bags the first gold medal for India at the 17th Asian Athletics Championship at Amman.

other Updated: Jul 28, 2007 12:17 IST

Chitra K Soman fetched the first gold medal for India at the 17th Asian Athletics Championship on Friday by winning women's 400m race at Amman, Jordan.

Chitra clocked 53.03 minutes to win her first Asian championship individual title.

She defeated Japan's Asami Tanno, who travelled the distance in 53.20 sec, to clinch the honours at the prestigious event. Sri Lanka's Mgnaka clocked 54.11 sec.

"It was quite windy at the 200m and it made me tired by the time I came at the finish front. At the end, I put all my efforts and I could not even notice Japanese Tanno who was coming closer to me. It's good to win my first Asian championship individual title," Chitra said.

Earlier, Sinimol Poulose and J J Shobha returned with a silver each while Susmita Singha Roy bagged a bronze as Indian women continued to outshine their male counterparts on day two of the championship.

Sinimol's medal came in women's 800m race while Shobha, accumulated 5356 points to finish behind gold medal winner Kazak Irina Naumenko (5617) and ahead of compatriot Susmita Singha Roy who totalled 5154 for the bronze in women's heptathlon event.

In the last three events, Shobha came out on top in long jump (5.97m) and Javelin Throw (40.47) while finished fourth in 800m.

Susmita, on her part, stood fourth in javelin throw and third in long jump and finished just ahead of Shobha in 800m.

Sinimol brought cheers to the Indian camp when the 24-year-old athlete clocked 2:06.15s to finish behind Vietnam's Truong Thanh Hang, who won the gold with a timing of 2:04.77s on Thursday.

First Published: Jul 28, 2007 12:09 IST