Jyothi Yarraji, Ajay Kumar Saroj, Abdulla Aboobacker win gold for India

 Jyothi Yarraji
Jyothi Yarraji celebrates with the tricolour. Photo: Twitter@afiindia

Bangkok: India won three gold and two bronze medals on the second day of Asian Athletics Championships with woman 100m hurdler Jyothi Yarraji clinching her maiden top finish in a major international event and Ajay Kumar Saroj running a brilliant race to win the men's 1500m title here on Thursday.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Abdulla Aboobacker grabbed India's third gold of the day by winning the men's triple jump event.

It was an impressive show by the Indians as they won three gold out of 10 on offer on Thursday.

Quartermiler Aishwarya Mishra (53.07 seconds) and Tajaswin Shankar were the other medal winning Indians on the day, with a bronze in women's 400m final and gruelling men's decathlon.

In fact, it was the maiden international medal for both Aishwarya and Tejaswin in the senior level in their respective events, competing in their maiden international event.

Tejaswin had won a high jump bronze in the 2022 Commonwealth Games but had taken up to decathlon last year only.

The 23-year-old Jyothi opened India's gold medal as she clocked 13.09 seconds to win the 100m hurdles final race ahead of two Japanese runners Terada Asuka (13.13s) and Aoki Masumi (13.26s) on a rain-drenched track at the Supachalasai Stadium.

Jyothi's national record stands at 12.82 seconds. She had won gold in the National Inter-State Championships last month in 12.92 seconds but the wet track was not ideal for fast time.

Abdulla Aboobacker
Abdulla Aboobacker won the triple jump gold with an effort of 16.92m. File photo: AFP/Christian Petersen

In the men's 1500m, the 26-year-old Saroj ran a brilliantly executed race as he came out of nowhere in the final bend to go past two opponents and win the gold. He clocked 3:41.51 seconds, two-and-a-half seconds outside his personal best of 3:39.19 which he had recorded last month in an event in the US.

It was the third medal on the trot and second gold for Saroj, who had trained in the USA in May, in the Asian Athletics Championships.

Saroj had won gold in the 2017 edition in Bhubaneswar and silver in 2019 in Doha.

For Keralite Aboobacker, it was his season's best effort of 16.92m that fetched him the gold, ahead of Ikehata Hikaru (16.73m) of Japan and Jangwoo Kim (16.59m) of Korea.

The 27-year-old began with a foul but cleared 16.92m in his fourth attempt for the gold.

On Wednesday, Abhishek Pal had opened India's medal account with a bronze in men's 10,000m race.

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