Malayali Ancy Sojan wins silver in women's long jump at Asian Games

Ancy Sojan Edappilly competes in the women's long jump final athletics event during the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on October 2, 2023. Photo: William West/AFP

Hangzhou: Malayali Ancy Sojan Edappilly won a silver for India in the women's long jump at the Hangzhou Asian Games on Monday.

The Thrissur native breached her personal best and leapt to 6.63 metres to bag the second spot behind Shiqi Xiong of China, who jumped 6.73 metres to claim gold.

Vietnam's Nga Yan Yue won the bronze with a best effort of 6.50 metres.

In the third attempt, Ancy registered her personal best of 6.56m which she bettered in her fifth attempt.

The other Indian in the fray, Shaili Singh, finished a disappointing fifth with an effort of 6.48m.

Ancy was keen to bounce back after missing out on a podium finish in the Asian Athletics Championships held in Bangkok. Ancy, who has risen through the Nattika Sports Academy, finished fourth in Bangkok with a best of 6.45m.

India bag silver, bronze in 3000m steeplechase

India's Parul Chaudhary and Priti secured silver and bronze medals respectively in the women's 3000m steeplechase.

Parul clocked 9:27.63 seconds, which was more than nine seconds behind Bahrain's Yavi Winfred Mutile, who set an Asian Games record on the way to defending her title.

The Bahrain runner took the top podium finish in 9:18.28, a new Games record.

The previous Games record stood in the name of country-mate Jebet Ruth (9:31.36 sec) set during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Though Parul also breached the Asian Games record, it was nowhere close to her national record and personal best of 9:15.31 clocked at the World Championships in Budapest, which helped her qualify for the Paris Olympics, in August.

Compatriot Priti finished a good 16 seconds behind Parul, clocking a personal best of 9:43.32 seconds to win the bronze in a close finish with another Bahrain runner Mekonen Tigest Getent, who timed 9:43.71 seconds to finish fourth.

In men's 200m, India's Amlan Borgohain finished a distant sixth in 20.98 seconds.

The gold was won by Japan's Koki Ueyama in 20.60 seconds, which was way below the Asian Games record of 20.14 seconds set in Incheon by Qatar's Femi Ogunode.

Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Abdullah Abkar clinched the silver medal with a time of 20.63, while the bronze went to Chinese Taipei's Yang Chun-Han who clocked 20.74 seconds.

Meanwhile, India also clinched a silver in 4X400m mixed relay. India had finished in a bronze medal position, but was upgraded to silver after Sri Lanka was disqualified for lane infringement.
(With PTI inputs)

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