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Asian Athletics Championships: Indians bag 5 medals including two silvers on opening day

Updated : 2019-04-22 08:41:39

Javelin thrower Annu Rani and 3000m steeplechaser Avinash Sable led the charge with a silver each as India won five medals on the opening day of the Asian Athletics Championships on Sunday.

Quartermiler M P Poovamma, 5000m runner Parul Choudhary and 10000m runner Gavit Murali Kumar bagged a bronze each on a day which saw sprint sensation Hima Das suffer a lower back spasm during her 400m heat.

The 26-year-old Annu, who had won a bronze in the 2017 edition in Bhubaneswar, hurled the spear to the best distance of 60.22m to grab the silver. China's Lyu Huihui won the gold with an effort of 65.83m at the Khalifa Stadium.

The 24-year-old Parul finished third in women's 5000m race, clocking a personal best of 15 minutes 36.03 seconds. She bettered her earlier personal best of 15:58.35 which she had clocked during the Federation Cup last month.

Gavit Murali won India's final medal of the day with a bronze in men's 10000m race with a personal best time of 28 minutes 38.34 seconds. He finished behind two Bahrain runners.

However, there was no such worry for Dutee Chand as she smashed her own national record in the 100m dash to qualify for the semifinals.

Earlier in the morning session, 23-year-old Dutee clocked 11.28 seconds to set a national record while winning her heat in the women's 100m race.

She has qualified for the semifinals. Dutee bettered her earlier national record of 11.29 seconds which she set last year in Guwahati.

Images: AP

Gavit Murali Kumar celebrates after winning a bronze medal in the men's 10000m final at the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Gavit Murali Kumar celebrates after winning a bronze medal in the men's 10000m final at the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Annu Rani of India competes in her Javelin throw final during the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Annu Rani of India competes in her Javelin throw final during the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Athletes from left, Bontu Rebitu, Winfred Mutile Yavi of Bahrain and Sanjivani Baburao Jadhav of India compete in the women's 5000m final during the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Athletes from left, Bontu Rebitu, Winfred Mutile Yavi of Bahrain and Sanjivani Baburao Jadhav of India compete in the women's 5000m final during the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Gold medalist Lyu Huihui of China, centre, celebrates with silver medalist Natta Nathan of Thailand, left, and bronze medalist Annu Rani of India after competing in their women's javelin throw final during the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Gold medalist Lyu Huihui of China, centre, celebrates with silver medalist Natta Nathan of Thailand, left, and bronze medalist Annu Rani of India after competing in their women's javelin throw final during the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Dutee Chand smashed her own national record in the 100m dash to qualify for the semifinals. Earlier in the morning session, 23-year-old Dutee clocked 11.28 seconds to set a national record while winning her heat in the women's 100m race.  She has qualified for the semifinals. Dutee bettered her earlier national record of 11.29 seconds which she set last year in Guwahati. (Picture credits: AP)
Dutee Chand smashed her own national record in the 100m dash to qualify for the semifinals. Earlier in the morning session, 23-year-old Dutee clocked 11.28 seconds to set a national record while winning her heat in the women's 100m race.  She has qualified for the semifinals. Dutee bettered her earlier national record of 11.29 seconds which she set last year in Guwahati. (Picture credits: AP)
Women's 5000m gold medalist Bahrain's Winfred Mutile Yavi, centre, stands with silver medalist and compatriot Bontu Rebitu, left, and bronze medalist India's Parul Chaudhary on the podium during the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Women's 5000m gold medalist Bahrain's Winfred Mutile Yavi, centre, stands with silver medalist and compatriot Bontu Rebitu, left, and bronze medalist India's Parul Chaudhary on the podium during the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Poovamma Raju Machettira after competing in her women's 400m first round heat during the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Poovamma Raju Machettira after competing in her women's 400m first round heat during the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Poovamma Raju Machettira celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the women's 400m final at the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Poovamma Raju Machettira celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the women's 400m final at the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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