Jakarta: Tejinderpal Singh Toor produced his best performance on one of the biggest stage for athletics when he threw the iron ball to 20.75 metres to win the Men’s Shot put gold medal with Games Record at the GBK Stadium here on Saturday night.
Though Tejinder’s gold was India’s lone medal from athletics on Day 1, it augurs well for the 50-plus squad which is hoping to better its best-ever Asian Games performance.
As his record-shattering throw opened India’s medal account in athletics, the 23-year-old gave his compatriots something to look out for.
“I am just plain happy that I was able to throw the ball to record distance and win the gold medal for India,” Tejinder said in the mixed zone soon after his win.
“I am indebted to my family and everyone who supported me in my difficult time,” said Tejinder, whose father Karam Singh is bed-ridden with bone cancer for last two years.
His throw set a national record as well that bettered the six-year-old record of 20.69m held by Om Prakash Karhana.
“I would not say I expected to win. There was pressure to perform but when I began my throws I settled down after two throws before a foul in the third attempt,” he said.
The winning throw came in the fifth attempt and that really sealed the medal as no other competitor till that time had breached 20-metre mark.
Toor lived up to the billing of being the strongest contender as he was the season leader among the Asian athletes in this event. His earlier personal best was 20.24m which he came up with last year.
China’s Liu Yang took the silver with a best throw of 19.52m while Ivan Ivanov of Kazakhstan won the bronze with 19.40m.
Sarita finishes 5th
Woman hammer thrower Sarita Singh hurled the iron ball to 62.03 metres in the women’s hammer throw event to finish a respectable fifth in the event which saw the first two places on the podium taken up by China.
Na Luo reached the distance of 71.42 metres, while her compatriot Zheng Wang (70.86) took silver ahead of Japan’s Hitomi Katsuyama (62.95).
Indian challenge in the women’s 10000m, however, fizzled out early on as Suriya Logananthan and Sanjivani Jadhav ran the long distance run uncharacteristically to finish sixth and ninth respectively.
The two began by forming the lead pack for the first few laps, but that withered soon after when first Eunice Chumba assumed the lead for most part of the race.
The Bahrainian seemed headed for the final flourish, but Kyrgyzstan’s Daria Maslova and China’s Deshun Zhang outpaced Eunice two laps before the bell was rang to indicate final lap.
Daria crossed the line in 32 minutes 07.23 seconds just knelt down before accepting applause from the almost packed stadium. Eunice won the silver in 32:11.12, while Zhang (32:12.78) won the bronze medal.
Hima breaks Natl Record
Another national record fell by the wayside as Hima Das clocked 51.00 seconds to qualify for the women’s 400m final. She obliterated the 14-year-old national record set by Manjit Kaur (51.05) in Chennai in 2004.
Hima finished second in her heat behind favourite Salwa Naser (50.86) of Bahrain. Mohammed Anas and Rajiv Arokia also made it to the men’s 400m final, which will also be held on Sunday.
Anas qualifed for the final by winning his semifinal heat with a timing of 45.30 seconds, the best overall. Arokia (46.08) was second in his heat and made it to the final at overall sixth.
Earlier in the day, Anas, who has a personal best of 45.24, had topped heat 1, clocking 45.63 while Arokia Rajiv timed 46.82 to qualify for the semifinals.
National record holder Dutee Chand also qualified for the women’s 100m semifinals by winning her heat with a fast timing of 11.38.
Running in lane 4, Dutee beat Kazakhstan’s Olga Safronov (11.46) and Uzbekistan’s Nigina Sharipova (11.59) to win Heat 2. The effort though was slower than her national record of 11.29 which she had clocked in Guwahati in June.
Long jumper M Sreeshankar also qualified for the final after finishing fourth in the qualification round by clearing a distance of 7.83m.
In the high jump also, Chetan Balasubramanya qualified for the final by clearing 2.15m. None of the 13 qualifiers, however, could touch the automatic qualification mark of 2.20m.
Hiroto wins marathon
Japan’s Hiroto Inoue won the men’s marathon after crossing the finish line in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 22 seconds. Bahrain’s Elhassan Elabbassi bagged silver in 2::18:22.678, while China’s Bujie Duo won bronze by clocking 2::18:48.000.
Indian Shot put medal winners at Asian Games
1. Madan Lal (1951)
2. Parduman Singh (1954)
3. Parduman Singh (1958)
4. Joginder Singh (1966)
5. Joginder Singh (1970)
6. Bahadur Singh Chouhan (1978)
7. Bahadur Singh Chouhan (1982)
8. Bahadur Singh Sagoo (2002)
Shot put: 1. Tejinderpal Singh Toor (Ind) 20.75m; 2. Yang Liu (Chn) 19.52; 3. Ivan Ivanov (Kaz) 19.40.
Marathon: 1. Hiroto Inoue (Jpn) 2 hr 18 min 22.376 secs; 2. Elhassan Elabbassi (Brn) 2::18:22.678; 3. Bujie Duo (Chn) 2::18:48.000.
10000m: 1. Daria Maslova (Kgz) 32:07.23; 2. Eunice Chumba (Brn) 32:11.12; 3. Deshun Zhang (Chn) 32:12.78…6. Suriya Loganathan (Ind) 32:42.08…9. Sanjivani Jadhav (Ind) 33:13.06.
Hammer throw: 1. Na Luo (Chn) 71.42m; 2. Zheng Wang (Chn) 70.86; 3. Hitomi Katsuyama (Jpn) 62.95…5. Sarita Singh (Ind) 62.03.