Asian Games: MR Poovamma Wins Bronze in Women's 400m

Updated: 05 November 2014 12:47 IST

MR Poovamma clocked 52.36secs in the final behind pre-race favourite Oluwakemi Adekoya (51.59secs) of Bahrain and Vietnam's Thi Lan Quach (52.06secs).

Asian Games: MR Poovamma Wins Bronze in Women's 400m
Women's 400 meters bronze medalist India's Poovamma Raju Machettira (L) on the podium with gold medalist Bahrain's Oluwakemi Adekoya, centre, and silver medalist Vietnam's Quach Thi Lan. © AP

Incheon:

MR Poovamma bagged a bronze in women's 400m race as India swelled their medal count from athletics competition to three at the Asian Games here on Sunday. (Day 9 Blog | Medal Tally)

Poovamma clocked 52.36secs in the final behind pre-race favourite Oluwakemi Adekoya (51.59secs) of Bahrain and Vietnam's Thi Lan Quach (52.06secs) at the Incheon Main Stadium here. (Wrestler Yogeshwar Wins Historic Gold)

24-year-old Poovamma, who was the second fastest off the block in the final, could not touch her personal and season's best of 51.73secs which she clocked at the National Inter-State Championships in Lucknow in June. (Also Read: Kushbir Kaur Wins Silver in 20km Walk | Manju Bala Wins Hammer Throw Bronze)

Thi Lan, the second worst off the block, overtook Poovamma to take the second place behind the Nigerian-born Bahrain runner, who is also the Asian season leader.

The other Indian in the fray Mandeep Kaur finished sixth in the eight competitor field with a timing of 53.38secs. (Tennis: Yuki Gets Men's Singles Bronze | Sania Settles for Women's Doubles Bronze)

Earlier in the day, Khushbir Kaur won a silver in women's 20km race walk event. She became the first Indian woman to have won a medal in race walking in the Asian Games. on Saturday, Lalita Babar won a bronze in women's 3000m steeplechase.

Topics : Athletics Asian Games 2014
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