The Indian 4x400m men’s relay team won a silver in the final event of athletics in the ongoing edition of the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Thursday. The Indian quartet of Kunhu Muhammed, Dharunn Ayyasamy, Mohd. Anas and Arokia Rajiv clocked 3:01.85 to finish behind Qatar who won gold in an Asian record time of 3:00.56. Japan took the bronze in 3:01.94. Also Read - Sprinter Hima Das Nominated For Khel Ratna Award by Assam Government
India had finished fourth in this event in the 2014 Asian Games.
Earlier, the women’s 4x400m relay team clinched its fifth consecutive gold medal in the Asian Games to maintain a remarkable domination in this event in the continental showpiece.
The Indian women’s quartet of Hima Das, M R Poovamma, Saritaben Gayakwad and Vismaya Velluva Koroth ran 3 minutes and 28.72 seconds to claim the gold. Bahrain (3:30.61) and Vietnam (3:33.23) took the silver and bronze respectively. India has been winning the gold in this event since 2002 Asian Games.
Before that, sprinter Jinson Johnson had clinched the gold medal in Men’s 1500m race. The 27-year-old ran a very tactical race, sticking to the coat-tails of the early pace-setters Adnan Taes Agar of Iraq. The sprinter from Kerala ran in the third position till most of the race, choosing to make his move in the final 300 metres stretch, clocking a winning time of 3 minutes and 44.72 seconds. 0.10 second ahead of Amir Moradi of Iran. Ending with a bronze was Bahrain’s Mohammed Tiouali (3:45.88sec).
Johnson’s compatriot Manjit Singh, who had clinched the gold medal in 800m race, failed to have a podium finish and completed the race in 3 minutes 46.57 seconds and finished at the fourth spot.
(With PTI inputs)