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India's Mayookha Johny bags gold, silver at Asian Athletics Championships

News Agencies | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:44 IST

India's Mayookha Johny on Saturday won her second medal -- a silver in women's triple jump -- to add to her gold in long jump on the second day of Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Doha.

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Mayookha came up with an effort of 14.00m to finish second behind Olympian Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan who cleared a distance of 14.32m. Another Kazakh, Irina Ektova took the bronze with 13.48m.

In an unfortunate incident, India's multi-event specialist Swapna Barman, who originally finished second in Pentathlon, got disqualified following a protest lodged by Iranian team last night.

After an overnight debate, the Jury of Appeal upheld the protest of Iran citing lane infringement by the Indian athlete in 800m -- the fifth and last event of the Pentathlon.

Uzbekistan's Ekaterina Voronina won the gold with a five-event aggregate of 4,224 points. Iran's Sepideh Hossein (3,828) and Japan's Chie Kriyama (3,637) went home with the other medals.

Earlier on Saturday, Mayookha fetched India a gold medal while winning the long jump event while sprinter Dutee Chand settled for a bronze after shattering national record in 60m dash.

Mayookha controlled the long jump competition from the very outset and finished on top of the podium with a leap of 6.35m, an effort that propelled her to India's first Asian indoor title in the event.

Bui Thi Thu Thao of Vietnam took the silver with a 6.30m jump while Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan finished third with an effort of 6.22m.

"Winning in Doha made me really happy, especially since I'm not used to competing indoors. However, I expected something better than 6.35m. But I'm not complaining at all. The Asian title is quite an achievement," said Mayookha after winning the gold.

Another Indian, M A Prajusha finished fifth with a jump of 6.15m. Dutee, meanwhile, won a bronze in women's 60m dash with a time of 7.37 secs in the final. Earlier, she had set a national record while winning her heats in 7.28 secs.

Viktoriya Zyabkina of Kazakhstan overcame a sluggish start to win the final race in a Championship record of 7.27 secs, well clear of China's Yuan Qiqi (7.33 secs).

Sugandha Kumari brought the third medal for India as she won a bronze in women's 1500m with a time of 4:29.06.

In women's shot put, Manpreet Kaur (Jr) finished sixth with her best throw of 15.21m. In men's high jump, Tejaswin Shankar failed to clear the opening height.


First published: 21 February 2016, 2:39 IST