India managed to grab a couple of medals in the women’s 3000m steeplechase event at the ongoing Asian Games on Monday. Parul Chaudhary won silver whereas Priti grabbed a bronze medal in a stunning finish to the battle for third spot.
Bahrain’s Winfred Yavi emerged triumphant, clinching the gold medal and shattering the previous record. Yavi clocked in at an impressive 9 minutes and 18.28 seconds, while Parul finished with a new personal best of 9 minutes and 27.63 seconds.
Meanwhile, the race for the bronze medal was a close one, with Priti narrowly beating Bahrain’s Getnet Mekonnen and setting a new personal best time of 9 minutes and 43.32 seconds.
The silver medal marks the latest that Parul has won in what has been a great year for the 28-year-old. In August this year at the World Championships held in Budapest, Parul registered a national record in 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:15.31 sec, and in the process qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Priti was able to secure the bronze medal during the final stretch of the race while closely pursuing Mekonen. On the other hand, Parul was the sole athlete who could keep up with Yavi until the mid-point of the race.
However, Yavi, who is the reigning world champion from Bahrain, eventually pulled ahead, leaving a significant gap between her and the two athletes vying for the bronze medal. Parul eventually won the silver medal with ease.