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India tops medals tally at 22nd Asian Athletics Championship

Bhubaneshwar, Jul 09: Neeraj Chopra’s meet record and Govindan Lakshamanan’s second gold of the Championship were the major highlights of the fourth and final day of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships, here at the Kalinga Stadium on Sunday.

India added nine more medals (including five gold, one silver and three bronze) to their third day’s tally of 20 medals. Swapna Barman won the gold medal in Heptathlon, while the men’s 4 X 400m quartet of Kunju Muhammed, Amoj Jacob, Muhammed Anas, Arokia Rajiv and women’s quartet 4 X 400m of Debashree Mazumdar, M R Poovamma, Jisna Mathew, Nirmla Sheoran reaffirmed India’s supremacy at the continental level.

Gopi Thonakal won India’s lone silver in men’s 10000m, while Purnima Hembram (Heptathlon), Davinder Singh Kang (men’s Javelin Throw) and Jinson Johnson (men’s 800m) added bronze medals to India’s overall tally.

India topped the medals tally of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships with 29 medals (including 10 golds).

Overall Medals Tally

Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
India 12 5 12 29
China 8 7 5 20
Kazakhstan 4 2 2 8
Iran 4 0 1 5
Vietnam 2 2 0 4
South Korea 2 1 1 4
Kuwait 2 1 0 3
Kyrgyzstan 2 0 1 3
Sri Lanka 1 4 0 5
Thailand 1 2 2 5
Philippines 1 1 1 3
Chinese Taipei 1 1 1 3
Uzbekistan 1 0 0 1
Tajikistan 1 0 0 1
Qatar 0 6 1 7
Japan 0 5 9 14
Hong Kong 0 2 1 3
 Malaysia 0 1 0 1
United Arab Emirates 0 1 0 1
North Korea 0 1 0 1
Saudi Arabia 0 0 3 3
Oman 0 0 1 1
Syria 0 0 1 1


Results – Day 4

S.No Event Gold Silver Bronze
Event 17 Heptathlon Swapna Barman (IND) Meg Hemphill (JPN) Purnima Hembram (IND)
Event 28 Women’s 200m Viktoriya Zyabkina (Kazakhstan) Rumeshika Kumari Rathnayake (Sri Lanka) Olga Safronova (Kazakhstan)
Event 8 Men’s 200m Yang Chun-Han (TPE) Park Bonggo (KOR) Femi Seun Onugode (QAT)
Event 11 Men’s 800m Ebrahim R Alzofairi (KUW) Mohammed Nasser Abbas (QAT) Jinson Johnson (IND)
Event 30 Women’s Pole Vault Chen Qiaoling (CHN) Li Ling (CHN) Chayanisa Chomchuendee (THA)
Event 34 Women’s 800m Nimali Wirawasha (Sri Lanka) Gayanthika Thushari (Sri Lanka) Fumika Omori (JPN)
Event 10 Men’s 10000m G Lakshamanan (IND) Gopi Thonakal (IND) Adilet Kyshtakbekov (KYR)
Event 27 Women’s 10000m  Daria Maslova (KYR) Yuka Hori (JPN)  Mizuki Matsuda (JPN)
Event 18 Men’s Javelin Throw Neeraj Chopra (IND) Ahmed Ahmed B A (QAT) Davinder Singh Kang (IND)
Event Women’s Discus Throw Chen Yang (CHN) Subenrat Insaeng (THA) Lu Xiaoxing (CHN)
Event 39 Women’s 4X400m India  Vietnam Japan
Event 19 Men’s 4X400m India  Sri Lanka Thailand


Garry Calvert resigns as Indian coach

New Delhi, May 4: Garry Calvert has resigned as National Javelin Coach of India, citing professional reasons. He has accepted a role in China as National Javelin Coach.

During Garry Calvert’s tenure, Indian Javelin reached to new heights as Neeraj Chopra won the World Junior Championships with a world record throw in Poland. At the National Championships in Lucknow, Ravinder Singh Khaira and Shivpal Singh finishing at first and second place with both going past the meet record.

Earlier this year in April, Neeraj Chopra qualified for the World Championships in London with a throw of 83.32 meters it the second leg of the Asia Grand Prix.

In order to ensure that Indian Athletics is given every opportunity to develop and progress, Garry Calvert suggested, “to structurally set up a High Performance Department with a professional High Performance Director and 6 supporting staff to manage the overall program, elite athlete delivery, national teams, overseas camps and coach development. This High Performance Department would take over from the current format and would address the individual athlete requirements and the delivery of a professional coaching staff.” He believes that India has enormous talent in all events and wished them every success in the future.

This is not the time to wonder what India would have been able to achieve under the guidance of Garry Calvert, but to enjoy and appreciate the successes that Indian Javelin Throwers were able to achieve during his tenure. Athletics Federation of India will hopefully soon appoint a coach who would build on the good work done by Garry Calvert.