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Davinder and Sonia win gold on Day 1 of Asian Games Invitational Athletics

India had an eventful opening day in the Asian Games invitational athletics test event by winning two gold, three silver and three bronze in Jakarta. Javelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang and 400m runner Sonia Baishya won the gold. stamped Indian dominance in the event at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium.

Davinder Kang with his coach Uwe Honh

Davinder Kang, a finalist at the 2017 World Championships in London, recorded a best effort of 75.87m to finish ahead of Ranasinghe Denagamage of Sri Lanka.  who had a best effort of 75.39m. Kang, who is recently training under former world record holder Uwe Hohn, is preparing for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. He seemed to be in good touch while going past Denagamage though trailing behind him at first.

18-year-old Sachin Silwal won bronze for India in the same event with a best effort of 68.12m.

Gold medal winner Sonia Baishya and siver medal winner Nithya Shree Ananda at the podium

Sonia Baishya won a gold in the women’s 400m. 22-year old Baishya clocked 53.53 seconds to beat teammate Nithya Shree Ananda who clocked 54.34 seconds. Baishya bettered her previous best by 0.45 seconds.

 Jithu Baby bagged a silver with a strong performance in the men’s 400m. Jithu, the gold medalist at the Indian National Open Championships last year, clocked 46.88 seconds to finish 0.05 seconds behind Pattiya Mullewaththe of Sri Lanka.
 
The other two medals were given by V Neena and Nayana James in the women’s long jump event. Neena managed a leap of 6.42m which was nowhere near her best. Nayana James who cleared 6.16m in her final jump stood third in the event.
 
Elakkiyadasan cf Tamil Nadu clocked a credible personal best of 10.38 seconds to claim a bronze medal in the 100m. Elakkiyadasan had claimed bronze in the Asian Indoor championships in Tehran last month.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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