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Indian Athletes Shine at Asian Games: Silver and Bronze in Women’s 3000m Steeplechase

Parul Chaudhary and Priti Secure Impressive Medals in Hangzhou

NEW DELHI | October 03, 2023:  India’s pride shone brightly at the Asian Games in Hangzhou as Parul Chaudhary and Priti delivered stellar performances in the women’s 3000m steeplechase event. Parul claimed a remarkable silver medal, while Priti secured a well-deserved bronze on Monday.

Parul’s outstanding run was marked by a timing of 9 minutes and 27.63 seconds, securing the silver medal and demonstrating her exceptional skills in the steeplechase. Not to be outdone, Priti put up a strong finish and clinched the bronze with a personal best time of 9 minutes and 43.32 seconds.

The gold medal was seized by Bahrain’s Winfred Mutile Yavi, who set a new Games record with a remarkable time of 9 minutes and 18.28 seconds. This impressive feat shattered the previous Games record held by her country-mate Jebet Ruth (9 minutes and 31.36 seconds), set during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

While Parul’s performance was nothing short of remarkable, it fell slightly short of her own national record and personal best of 9 minutes and 15.31 seconds, which she achieved at the World Championships in Budapest, earning her a qualification for the upcoming Paris Olympics in August.

Priti’s bronze victory was hard-fought and well-deserved, as she finished just 16 seconds behind Parul with a personal best of 9 minutes and 43.32 seconds. The competition was intense, with another Bahraini runner, Mekonen Tigest Getent, clocking 9 minutes and 43.71 seconds, narrowly missing the podium.

Winfred Mutile Yavi’s dominance became evident during the race, as she began to pull away in the sixth lap, leaving Parul and the other competitors trailing behind. Yavi, a Kenyan-born athlete representing Bahrain, had previously claimed the 2023 World Athletics Championships gold in the same event by defeating her compatriot, Beatrice Chepkoech, showcasing her remarkable skills.

In the men’s 200m race, India’s Amlan Borgohain finished sixth with a time of 20.98 seconds. The gold medal in this event was secured by Japan’s Koki Ueyama, clocking in at 20.60 seconds, though it fell short of the Asian Games record of 20.14 seconds set in Incheon by Qatar’s Femi Ogunode. The silver medal went to Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Abdullah Abkar with a time of 20.63 seconds, while the bronze was claimed by Chinese Taipei’s Yang Chun-Han, who clocked in at 20.74 seconds.

India celebrates the remarkable achievements of Parul Chaudhary and Priti at the Asian Games, reaffirming their prowess on the international stage and inspiring future generations of athletes.

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