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Jisna clinches gold, Sreesankar makes a comeback with a bronze in Asian Junior Athletics

Press Trust of India  |  Gifu (Japan) 

Quartermiler Jisna Matthew clinched a gold to lead India's medal charge on the second day of here today.

Five other Indian athletes also grabbed a bronze each today as took their total medal tally on the second day to two gold, one silver and seven bronze.

Mathew, who had gone into the competition as the pre-race favourite and defending champion, clocked 53.26 seconds in the women's 400m final race to finish well ahead of of who clocked 54.03 seconds. Jui-of Chinese took the bronze in 54.74 seconds.

Mathew, a trainee at PT Usha's Athletics School, has a personal best of 52.65 secs. She has already won a senior Asian Championships bronze medal as well as a gold medal in the 4x400m relay. She was also part of the Indian women's 4x400m relay teams at the 2016 Rio and 2017 World Championships in

Meanwhile, junior national record holder long jumper M Sreeshankar did not come close to matching his personal best of 7.99m but still clinched a bronze medal after clearing a distance of 7.47m.

Sreeshankar, who nearly touched the 8m mark at the Federation Cup in Patiala in March, was named in India's Gold Coast team but had to undergo a to remove his just before the CWG.

Sreeshankar was in fifth place after three attempts before clearing 7.47m in his fourth try to overtake of Chinese who had cleared 7.46m. The gold went to Japan's Yugo Sakai (7.61m) while China's Keqi Zhou (7.54m) took the silver.

Shot putter won his second medal at the Asian Junior Championships after having claimed a silver at the 2016 edition. Bhalothia hurled the 6kg iron ball to a distance of 18.22m to finish behind Qatar's Moaaz (18.57m) and South Korea's Yeo Jinseong (18.25m).

While Bhalothia fell short of his personal best of 18.53m, it took a career high effort from high jumper Abhinaya Sudhakara Shetty to step on the podium. Shetty cleared 1.75m to claim bronze. Just last month she had cleared 1.60m to win a bronze at the South Asian Junior Championships in Colombo.

Iraq's took the gold by clearing 1.80m while Ching of Chinese (1.78m) bagged the silver.

India's two other bronze medals came from Kartik Kumar in the men's 10000m and Durga Pramod Deore in the women's 1500m race respectively.

The men's 10000m race was a closely fought affair with a wide gap between the medallists and the rest of the pack. Kumar clocked a personal best of 30.05.30 behind YuhiNakaya (30.04.24) and Suolangcairen of (30.01.51).

In the women's 1500m race, Deore improved on the 4.31.38 that she had clocked at the South Asian Junior Championships in May. Deore's time of 4.24.56 was enough to get her on the podium behind the Japanese pair of (4.21.65) and Ririka Hironaka (4.17.62).

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 19:10 IST