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Gomathi, Toor star for India in Asian Athletics C�ships

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DOHA, April 23: Unheralded half miler Gomathi Marimuthu and shot putter Tejinderpal Singh Toor clinched a gold each to share the limelight as India bagged five medals on the second day of the Asian Athletics Championships here on Monday.

The 30-year-old Gomathi clocked a personal best time of 2 minute 02.70 seconds in the women�s 800m race to open India�s gold account.

National record holder and pre-competition favourite Toor�s first round throw of 20.22m was enough to fetch him a gold in the men�s shot put final at the Khalifa Stadium.

The 24-year-old Toor, who has a personal best of 20.75m, had entered into the championships as the season leader among the Asians and he lived up to the top billings.

Shivpal Singh then added a silver in men�s javelin throw by sending the spear to a distance of 86.23m, his personal best. In the process, the 23-year-old Shivpal also booked a berth for the World Championships to be held at the same venue in September-October as he crossed the qualifying mark of 83m.

Jabir Madari Palliyalil and Saritaben Gayakwad bagged a bronze each in men�s and women�s 400m hurdles respectively to swell the Indian medal tally.

With the five medals on Monday, India�s medal tally stood at 2 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze. India had won 2 silver and 3 bronze on the first day on Sunday.

Sprinter Dutee Chand finished a disappointing fifth in the women�s 100m dash final by clocking 11.44 seconds. She ran her worst race in the final after smashing her own national record twice in two days � in the heats (11.28) on Sunday and semifinals (11.26) on Monday. � PTI

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Gomathi, Toor star for India in Asian Athletics C�ships

DOHA, April 23: Unheralded half miler Gomathi Marimuthu and shot putter Tejinderpal Singh Toor clinched a gold each to share the limelight as India bagged five medals on the second day of the Asian Athletics Championships here on Monday.

The 30-year-old Gomathi clocked a personal best time of 2 minute 02.70 seconds in the women�s 800m race to open India�s gold account.

National record holder and pre-competition favourite Toor�s first round throw of 20.22m was enough to fetch him a gold in the men�s shot put final at the Khalifa Stadium.

The 24-year-old Toor, who has a personal best of 20.75m, had entered into the championships as the season leader among the Asians and he lived up to the top billings.

Shivpal Singh then added a silver in men�s javelin throw by sending the spear to a distance of 86.23m, his personal best. In the process, the 23-year-old Shivpal also booked a berth for the World Championships to be held at the same venue in September-October as he crossed the qualifying mark of 83m.

Jabir Madari Palliyalil and Saritaben Gayakwad bagged a bronze each in men�s and women�s 400m hurdles respectively to swell the Indian medal tally.

With the five medals on Monday, India�s medal tally stood at 2 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze. India had won 2 silver and 3 bronze on the first day on Sunday.

Sprinter Dutee Chand finished a disappointing fifth in the women�s 100m dash final by clocking 11.44 seconds. She ran her worst race in the final after smashing her own national record twice in two days � in the heats (11.28) on Sunday and semifinals (11.26) on Monday. � PTI

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