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Asian Games 2023: Kiran Baliyan clinches bronze medal in women’s shot put competition

Baliyan has a season’s in addition to private better of 17.92m which she had produced whereas ending second within the Indian Grand Prix 5 in Chandigarh on 10 September. PTI

Hangzhou: Kiran Baliyan grew to become the primary Indian girl to win an Asian Video games medal in shot put occasion in 72 years as she picked up a bronze on the opening day of competitions right here on Friday.

The 24-year-old Baliyan hurled the iron ball to a distance of 17.36m in her third try for her finest effort of the day to open India’s medal account.

Baliyan thus grew to become solely the second Indian to win a medal in ladies’s shot put in Asian Video games after Barbara Webster, an Anglo-Indian from then Bombay, received a bronze within the inaugural version in New Delhi in 1951.

Baliyan has a season’s in addition to private better of 17.92m which she had produced whereas ending second within the Indian Grand Prix 5 in Chandigarh on 10 September.

“I did not know the history (first Indian woman shot putter to win an Asian Games medal after 1951). My focus was to produce my best performance. I could not do that and I am not happy with my performance. But I won a medal, so I am very happy,” she mentioned later.

The opposite Indian within the fray, Manpreet Kaur completed fifth with a finest throw of 16.25m.

In ladies’s 400m race, Himanshi Malik ran an excruciatingly sluggish race for the second time in lower than three weeks as she completed fifth in her warmth and didn’t qualify for the finals.

The 21-year-old Malik clocked 57.82 seconds in warmth quantity three, even worse than the 57.59 second effort on the Indian Grand Prix 5 in Chandigarh on 10 September.

She ran the race on the ‘Big Lotus’ stadium right here with a knee brace, giving credence to the murmur that she was injured and may very well be not noted of the Asian Video games group.

Her timing on the opening day of athletics competitors was greater than six minutes exterior her season’s in addition to private better of 51.76 seconds which she had clocked whereas ending second within the Nationwide Inter-State Championships in June.

Apparently, in a video uploaded by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) earlier within the day, Malik mentioned she was prepared for the race.

“I am running my 400m race in the Asian Games today and hopefully I will do well,” she mentioned within the video.

The opposite Indian within the fray, Aishwarya Mishra certified for the ultimate spherical after ending second in warmth primary with a season’s finest time of 52.73 seconds.

Within the males’s 400m race, Muhammed Ajmal certified for the finals after ending second in his warmth with a time of 45.76 seconds whereas Muhammed Anas Yahiya didn’t make the grade after clocking 46.29 for a third-place end in his warmth.

The primary two in every warmth and the following two quickest throughout the three heats advance to the ultimate.

Within the ladies’s hammer throw last, Tanya Chaudhary and Rachna Kumari completed seventh and ninth with performances of 60.50m and 58.13m respectively.

Within the morning, nationwide report holder Priyanka Goswami completed fifth in ladies’s 20km race stroll occasion with a time of 1 hour 43 minute 7 seconds, effectively exterior her season’s better of 1:28:50 and private better of 1:28:45.

Within the males’s 20km occasion, Vikash Singh, who was drafted within the group as a consequence of damage to nationwide report holder Akshdeep Singh, additionally completed fifth, clocking 1:27:33. He has a season’s in addition to private better of 1:20:05.

The opposite Indian within the fray, Sandeep Singh was disqualified throughout the race.

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