India’s medal count reaches 59, after bagging two more Asiad gold medals

Jakarta: India picked up two more Asiad golds in Jakarta, as Jinson Johnson and the women’s 4x400m relay team stretched the country’s overall medals tally to 58.

Jinson Johnson won the gold medal in men’s 1500m event, and subsequently became the first Indian in 56 years to win this event at the Asian Games, following Mohinder Singh’s gold at the 1962 Games.

The women’s relay team comprising Hima Das, MR Poovamma, Saritaben Gayakwad and Vismaya Koroth added the 13th gold to the tally with a superlative display of teamwork.

PU Chitra and Seema Punia also added to India’s tally, winning bronze in the women’s 1500m and discus throw events respectively.

Chitra finished third in the 1500m event with a timing of 4:12.56. The 23-year-old clocked 4 minutes and 12.56 seconds to finish the race at third place, while Bahrain secured the top two places as Kalkidan Befkadu and Tigist Belay clinched gold and silver respectively.

 

Seema registered a throw of 62.26 metres to ensure a place on the podium.

(With inputs from Agencies)