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Indian athlete Nandini Agasara won a bronze medal in the women’s heptathlon in the 800 meters at the Asian Games on Sunday. The 20-year-old finished third at her first Asian Games with a points total of 5712. She finished four points ahead of her national compatriot Swapna Barman. Swapna finished 4th with 5708 points. Earlier in the day, the flow of medals for India continued as Tajinderpal Singh Toor won the country’s second gold in athletics. With a throw of 20.36 meters, Tajinderpal topped the rankings, surpassing Mohamed Daouda of Saudi Arabia, who had until then led the race for the gold medal with a throw of 20.18 meters in his fourth attempt.
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Sahib Singh also competed for the medal, but failed to achieve a podium finish along with his compatriot. He finished in 8th place with a throw of 18.62 meters.
Tajinderpal’s gold was a confirmation of the dominance he has had in the event in recent years. With a throw of 20.75 meters to his name at the 2018 Asiad, he already holds the record for the best throw in the history of the Asian Games.
With his performance in Hangzhou on a blockbuster Sunday for Indian athletics, he now holds the Asian record with a throw of 21.77 metres.
Track and field athlete Avinash Sable rewrote history by winning a gold medal in the men’s 3000 meters with record-breaking timing in the history of the Asian Games.
Sable, who was India’s first medalist in the 3000m tower hunt at the Common Wealth Games, became India’s first medalist in the 3000m tower hunt at the Asian Games.
He also bettered the previous record of 8:22.79, held by Iranian Keyhani Hossein for the past five years, with a time of 8:19.50s. Sable’s efforts also earned India its first gold in athletics at the 19th Asian Games.
Sable took the lead fairly early in the race and extended his run with each passing lap.
He completed the race ahead of Japanese duo Aoki Ryoma and Sanada Seiya, who won a silver and bronze medal respectively.
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