India won five gold medals on the final day of the Asian Athletics Championships to finish at the top of the standings here on Sunday with a dozen gold in total.
Ranchi was to host the biennial continental flagship event but in March they expressed the inability to do so due to financial reasons and Athletics Federation of India had to run around before Bhubaneswar agreed to stage the event.
On Friday, Iranian shot putter Ali Samari drew the awe of spectators at the Kalinga Stadium in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, and snatched a gold medal for the Islamic Republic with a throw of 19.80 meters.
India seized 5 five golds medals on the last day, pushing China to the 2nd place and ended the 4-day long tournament with 12 gold, 5 silver, and 12 bronze medals. Chopra would change all that. Competing in his maiden Asian Championships, Chopra seemed out of sorts at the start. Jamal Hairane (Qatar), who has a better time this season than Saroj, had to be content defending his second position rather than expend energy in pursuit of the Indian - and concede ground to Moslem Niadoost of Iran. Devinder Singh Kang, who was embroiled in a marijuana positive test case, was third by clearing a distance of 83.29m.
National record holder Dutee secured a bronze in women's 100 m event with a lap timing of 11. The Vietnamese team sent in seven athletes to compete in the event. "I'm not anxious about how I did in Paris". I want to win medals at the worldwide level. Indeed, they recorded the seventh-best performance by a country in the 4x400m relay this year. "I raced here to win medals but in London I will race to improve my time", he said. Result sheets show that one Qatari athlete had DNF (did not finish) remark against his name on the opening day but none took part in the subsequent days.
In the evening session on Day 1, China's Ding Bangchao, who cleared the bar at 5.70m in Jinan on May 18, will headline the men's pole vault final, with still challenge coming from Japan's Masaki Ejima and Husain Asim Al-Hizam of Saudi Arabia.
Gopi Thonakal made it a 1-2 for India in the men's 10,000m by taking the silver. "My target was to do well at the Asian Championships and also at next month's World Championships".
The last gold was won by Marestella Torres in the long jump in 2009. In the second of six events in the heptathlon, Barman had jumped 1.86m - 2cm more than the winning mark in the standalone event.