Medals in long jump, heptathlon, discus throw; Two silver and bronze bagged in 1500m races by Indians
In the women's heptathlon, Nandini Agasara won the 800m race with a personal best time of 2:15.33 and won the bronze medal after seven events.
HANGZHOU: Indian long jumper Murali Sreeshankar bagged the silver medal with a best of 8.19m at the Asian Games on Sunday. The 24-year-old jumped just 0.3m short of the gold medal winner Wang Jianan from China. Sreeshankar also won the silver medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Jeswin Aldrin, meanwhile, finished eighth (7.76m) in the men's long jump final at Hangzhou.
In the women's heptathlon, Nandini Agasara won the 800m race with a personal best time of 2:15.33 and won the bronze medal after seven events. She notched personal best scores in the 200m race and javelin throw too. Swapna Barman fell just four points shy of her compatriot to finish fourth.
Seema Punia hurled a season-best 58.62m in the women's discus throw final, winning the bronze medal. The 40-year-old Seema Punia completed a hat-trick Asian Games medals - gold in 2014, bronze in 2018 and bronze in 2023.
Ajay Kumar Saroj and Jinson Johnson won the silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the men's 1500m final. Reigning Asian champion Ajay Kumar clocked 3:38.94 while the 2018 Asian Games gold medallist Jinson Johson finished with a time of 3:39.74. Qatar's Mohamad Algarni won gold with a season-best time of 3:38.36.
Meanwhile, Harmilan Bains added another medal to India's athletics tally, a silver, in the women's 1500m final. She clocked 4:12.74 in the final. The 25-year-old Harmilan returned from injury in February this year after missing the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships in 2022. Agencies
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