Bangkok: India had a remarkable performance on the second day of the Asian Athletics Championships in Bangkok, clinching three gold medals out of the ten on offer.
Jyothi Yarraji, a 23-year-old hurdler, secured her first top finish in a major international event by winning the women’s 100m hurdles. Despite a rain-drenched track at the Supachalasai Stadium, Yarraji clocked 13.09 seconds, surpassing Japanese runners Terada Asuka and Aoki Masumi.
Yarraji’s victory marked her first gold in a major international event, surpassing her previous national record of 12.82 seconds. Despite the rain affecting the track conditions, she had previously won gold in the National Inter-State Championships with a time of 12.92 seconds.
Middle-distance runner Ajay Kumar Saroj, displayed a brilliant race in the men’s 1500m, overtaking two opponents in the final bend to claim the gold.
Saroj’s performance in the men’s 1500m showcased his strategic prowess as he emerged from behind in the final bend to claim the gold. Although his time of 3:41.51 seconds was slightly outside his personal best, it was enough to secure victory.
Abdulla Aboobacker, a Commonwealth Games silver medalist, secured India’s third gold by winning the men’s triple jump event with a season’s best effort of 16.92m.
Aboobacker’s season’s best jump of 16.92m secured him the gold in the men’s triple jump event, triumphing over competitors from Japan and Korea. Despite starting with a foul, he achieved the winning distance in his fourth attempt.
Aishwarya Mishra also contributed to India’s success with a bronze in the women’s 400m final. Abhishek Pal had previously won a bronze in the men’s 10,000m race on Wednesday.