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Inderjeet Singh becomes first Indian to bag athletics gold in World University Games

Bronze medallist India's Inderjeet Singh celebrates after the final of the men's shot put athletics event during the 17th Asian Games at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in Incheon on October 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

Bronze medallist India's Inderjeet Singh celebrates after the final of the men's shot put athletics event during the 17th Asian Games at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in Incheon on October 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANABy NewsGram Staff Writer

Gwangju (Korea): Star athlete Inderjeet Singh set a new benchmark as he became the first Indian to grab a gold in athletics in the World University Games thus, creating history. He won the medal in men’s shot put event in Gwangju, Korea on Wednesday.

In addition, Indian men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol team also bagged a bronze medal that made India’s total medal count as four (one gold, one silver, two bronze) on the fifth day of competition.

The 27-year-old Asian champion Inderjeet won the event with his final throw of 20.27m at the Gwangju Universiade Main Stadium to get the first gold medal in the Games. He was at the second spot after the fifth throw as he had a 19.80m best throw till then. In his final attempt, he came up with 20.27m to final bag the gold. He had won silver in the last edition in 2013 in Russia. But finally this time he turned silver to gold.

Subsequently, Andrei Marius Gag of Romania bagged the silver with a best throw of 19.92m while Alexander Bulanov of Russia took the bronze with a throw 19.84m.

The Haryana shot putter has had a phenomenal year with five gold medals in all five international events he has participated so far in 2015. Among his list of achievements is the victory in Asian Championships in China with 20.41m throw before bagging a gold in each of the three legs of the Asian Grand Prix in Thailand last month. He also won a bronze in the Asian Games last year with 19.63m throw.

“I would like to thank the Almighty, my family and my coach Mr Pritam Singh for their support. I am looking forward to the World Athletics Championship in China next month, where I hope to better my personal best,” said Inderjeet, who is being supported by Anglian Medal Hunt Company, after winning the gold.

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Inderjeet, Chand, Babar bag gold at national athletics


Kolkata: Three of India’s top athletes Lalita Babar, Inderjeet Singh and Dutee Chand bagged gold in their respective events on the second day of the 55th National Open Athletic Championship at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre here on Thursday.

Lalita Babar
Lalita Babar

In the women’s 3,000 metre steeplechase, Railways athlete Babar was by far the strongest as she clocked 9:39.83, registering a new meet record and beating the previous mark of 10:8:50 set by Sudha Singh last year. Singh came second this time around with a timing of 9:47:31.

Chand marked her return to the nationals by laying her hands on the coveted gold in women’s 100m sprint. She did not start off well, but was at her best in the last few metres as she edged past rival Srabani Nanda, who stood second.

Chand clocked 11.68 seconds, just ahead of Nanda who crossed the line in 11.70 seconds. The Railways athlete, however, fell short of the Olympic qualifying mark of 11.32 seconds.

Earlier as well, in the heats conducted on Wednesday, Dutee was a notch above the rest.

Inderjeet Singh
Inderjeet Singh

The sprinter was banned last year by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as her body produced testosterone at levels which were deemed higher than the accepted limit for women sportspersons.

But the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in July cleared the sprinter by suspending the ‘hyperandrogenism’ rules, which may also be scrapped if the IAAF fails to provide evidence.

Shot putter Inderjeet too had a good day in office as he was a par above the rest in his event, clinching the gold medal with a meet record of 19.82m.

He broke the previous record of 19.59m set by Bahadur Singh in 2003. Om Prakash Singh managed to pocket the second position with a throw of 17.96m. Tajinder Singh got hold of the bronze with 17.87m.

Dutee Chand
Dutee Chand

In men’s javelin throw, Neeraj Chopra bagged the meet record with a 77.67m throw, going past the previous best of 77.39m which was set in 2002 by Harminder Singh. However, it was quite far from the Olympic qualifying mark of 83m.

Even though Railways, Services and ONGC dominated on the second day, other states like West Bengal put up with some good performances, bagging three medals.

All three medals claimed by host West Bengal on Thursday came in the women’s section. Sugandha Kumari and Lily Das clinched gold and bronze respectively in the 1500m while Debashree Majumdar took silver in the 400m.