Sudha Singh bags gold in 3000 m event

Lawrence Kim
July 9, 2017

In the course of the 29th edition of the Asian sportive event underway in India, Iran's Keyhani won men's 3000m steeplechase race in 8 minutes 43.82 seconds to grab another gold for Iran in front of a huge crowd at the Kalinga Stadium. Two others, Sheena NV (triple jump) and Jabir MP (400m hurdles) settled for third place finishes. Archana Adhav also progressed from a relatively slow first heat while Bengal youngster Lily Das managed to hold on to her lead with a final burst to make the final.

The experienced Indian produced a superb finishing sprint in the last lap to leave the other runners trailing in her wake. North Korea's 18-year-old Hyo Gyong was a distant second in 10:13.94 while Japan's Nana Sato took the bronze in 10:18.11.

Parul Chaudhary, the other Indian in the women's steeplechase final was fourth with a time of 10:22.99.

It was a creditable sub-10 minute win for Sudha who has been away from training for several months after she suffered from swine flu on her return from the Rio Olympics past year. "I rested for four months after the infection and took time to get back to form in training". The steeplechaser was laid low by swine flu during the Rio Olympics and was out of action for a couple of months after the Games concluded in August 2016.

"I have already competed in two Olympics and wanted to achieve something here. I want to do well there and I want to break the national record". Without the spur of competition to push her, Sudha was in no rush as she comfortably booked a spot in the World Championships in London next month.

Running in lane five, Anu was quick off the blocks but on the last bend Vietnam's Nguyen Thi, the eventual victor, went ahead. Aoki Sayaka of Japan took bronze with a time of 58.18 seconds. I started slowly in January, but I used to feel dizzy very soon.

In women's triple jump, Sheena came up a best attempt of 13.42m to take the bronze. Kuwait won both the gold and silver with Abdulazia Al-Mandeel and Yaqoub Al-Youha clocking 13.50 and 13.59 respectively. The team was given a good start by Merlin Joseph which Himashree Roy maintained well. They clocked 44.57s to finish behind Kazakhstan and China.

"I was aiming for the gold. I am happy with our performance", Dutee told reporters after the race.

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