Women sprinters win first gold for India

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

India managed a gold medal in the Asian Athletic Grand Prix when its women sprinters finished 1st in the 4x100m relay in the last leg of the Manila meet.

Manila:

India finally managed a gold medal in the Asian Athletic Grand Prix when their women sprinters finished first in the 4x100m relay in the last leg of the meet at Manila, Philippines today. The Indian quartet bagged the gold with a timing of 47.10 seconds, just ahead of Philippines' runners, who finished in 47.90 secs. This was India's first top-place finish in any event of the four-leg Grand Prix, the first of which was held in Hyderabad on May 28. The Indians also impressed in men's javelin throw, with Jagdish Bishnoi winning a silver with a distance of 68.35 metres. Sergei Voynov of Uzbekistan won the gold with a superb effort of 77.23 metres. Anil Kumar came close to winning a gold medal but had to be content with the second place after hurling the discus to 58.88m. His effort was just 1.14 metre short of the gold medal winner Abbas Samini of Iran (60.02m). India also won three bronze medals in various men's category with the most impressive being Sanjay Ghosh's performance in the 100m race. He came close to staging an upset against more fancied opponents. He finally clocked 10.48 sec to finish as the third fastest runner in the meet. The first two places went to Chernovol Gennady of Kazakhstan (10.31sec) and Sittchai Suwonprateep of Thailand (10.39). (PTI)

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