On Monday, the Indian mixed relay team for 4x400m secured a silver medal during the ongoing Asian Games, contributing to the country’s track and field medal tally, which now stands at 16. The outcome was initially ambiguous, as the team was given the bronze medal at first, and it was only after Sri Lanka, who came in second, was disqualified for breaking lane regulations that the Indian team was awarded the silver medal.
In the race, Muhammed Ajmal Variyathodi, Vithya Ramraj, Rajesh Ramesh and Subha Venkatesan completed the race in a total time of 3:14.34s. The Bahraini team won the gold medal, finishing with a time of 3:14.02s, while the bronze medallists, Kazakhstan, completed the race in 3:24.85. It should be noted, however, that Sri Lanka was initially timed at 3:14.25s but was later disqualified.
During today’s events, India achieved notable success with two medals in the women’s 3000m steeplechase event: one silver and one bronze. In addition, Ancy Sojan triumphantly secured a silver medal in the women’s long jump. The competition for third place was intense, with Parul Chaudhary ultimately earning the silver medal and Priti receiving the bronze medal in a thrilling finish.
Bahraini world champion Winfred Yavi took gold medal and smashed the Asian Games record as well. Yavi registered a time of 9:18.28 while Parul registered a new personal best of 9:27.63. It was almost a photo finish for Priti against Bahrain’s Getnet Mekonnen and she registered a new personal best as well of 9:43.32.