Aishwarya Mishra’s 400M bronze medal upgraded to silver at Asian Athletics Championships 2023

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Aishwarya Mishra

Indian quarter-miler Aishwarya Mishra saw her bronze medal in 400m at the Asian Athletics Championships upgraded to silver as original second-place finisher Farida Soliyeva of Uzbekistan failed a dope test.

Aishwarya Mishra upgraded to Silver Medal

Mishra’s achievement in the women’s 400m sprint event at the Asian Athletics Championships 2023 was initially recognized with a bronze medal. However, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), which combats doping in athletics, has disqualified Soliyeva’s results from July 13, 2023.

Soliyeva had tested positive for meldonium, a substance prohibited by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA). Meldonium is a suspected performance-enhancing drug and was added to the WADA’s list of banned substances in 2016 to prevent abuse by athletes.

Soliyeva had clocked 52.95s to win the silver medal in the women’s 400m race at the Asian Championships 2023 in Bangkok. She finished behind Sri Lanka’s Nadeesha Ramanayake, who took the gold medal after clocking 52.61s. With Soliyeva’s disqualification, Mishra, who had initially won the bronze medal with a time of 53.07s, will be upgraded to the silver medal position. Japan’s Haruna Kuboyama (53.80s) will take the bronze.

Mishra’s upgraded medal is not her only accomplishment at the Asian Athletics Championships 2023. Alongside Amoj Jacob, Rajesh Ramesh, and Subha Venkatesan, she was part of the Indian mixed 4x400m relay team that won the gold medal with a time of 3:14.70, setting a national record and championship record in the process. Mishra also won the bronze medal in the women’s 4x400m relay along with Rezoana Mallick Heena, Jyothika Sri Dandi, and Subha Venkatesan after clocking 3:33.73.

India won 27 medals, including six gold medals, to finish third, behind Japan and the People’s Republic of China, in the Asian Athletics Championships 2023 medal tally. Mishra’s upgraded medal further adds to India’s impressive performance at the championships.

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