Firstpost Spodcast Episode 32: Women's relay team bags gold, India crash out in hockey and more on our daily sports podcast
India's 4x400m women's and men's relay teams bag gold and silver, India crash out of men's hockey event— we discuss all this and more on Spodcast, Firspost's daily sports podcast.
Welcome to Spodcast, the sports update on Firstpost. India had another impressive day at the Asian Games yesterday.
In athletics, the women's relay team won a fifth consecutive Asian Games gold in the 4x400m race. Hima Das, MR Poovamma, Sarita Gayakwad and VK Vismaya faced little competition in the event and took the gold easily.
India have dominated this particular event since the 2002 Asian Games. Hima Das, who won a silver in the 400m race, began first and gave her team a healthy lead. MR Poovamma maintained the lead as she handed the baton to Sarita Gayakwad. Vismaya completed the race in first place. They finished the race in 3:28.72, and missed the Games record of 3:28.68 by a whisker.
Meanwhile, the men's 4x400m relay team won a silver medal. Kunhu Muhammed, Dharun Ayyasamy, Muhammed Anas and Arokia Rajiv completed the race in 3:01.85 to finish in second place. Qatar set an Asian record of 3:00.56, winning the gold in the process. Japan took the bronze, completing the race in 3:01.94.
In the men's 1500m event, Jinson Johnson completed the race in 3 minutes 44.72 seconds, bringing home the gold. Johnson took a big lead in the last 80m of the race. Amir Moradi of Iran took the silver while Mohammed Tiouali of Bahrain finished third to take the bronze.
In the women's 1500m race, PU Chitra won the bronze with a timing of 4:12.56. Chitra, the Asian champion, had won the gold at the 2017 Asian Championships with a timing of 4:17.92. But she finished third at this Asian Games as Bahrain took gold as well as silver in the 1500m race.
Defending champions India lost 7-6 in penalty shootouts to Malaysia in the semi-final of the men's hockey event after the match ended 2-2. Their semi-final loss also means that India have missed the opportunity to qualify for the 2020 Olympics as Asian Games champions.
Discus thrower Seema Punia won a bronze after finishing third at the Asian Games. Seema, the defending champion, managed a distance of 62.26m. Chen Yang of China, the Asian champion, hurled the disc 65.12m in her final attempt to win the gold. Feng Bin, also from China, won the silver with a 64.25m throw.
Himas finished third in semifinal 2 of 200m with a timing of 23.42 seconds. Namibia's Christine Mboma and Australia's Ella Connolly qualified with timings of 22.93s and 23.41s respectively from the heat.
Despite Hima clocking the best time in her heat, as many as six racers have clocked better time than her in other heats.
39-year-old Seema Punia could only produce a best throw of 55.92m, which she came up in her second attempt but that was not enough for a podium finish.