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2nd Asian Youth Games

Anjana Thamke maintained Indian supremacy in 800m

Nanjing, China – 22 August 2013

It was a profitable day for India at the 2nd Asian Youth Games as the curtain rung down for the athletics competitions in the Chinese town on Thursday evening.

Anjana Dhavalu Thamke, a promising runner hails from Maharashtra, repeated the golden act in girls’ 800m race as she clocked a noteworthy 2:11.47 to win the event well ahead of Malaysian Savinder Kaur (2:14.14) and Sri Lankan Dilhani Fernando (2:15.72).

Incidentally Anjana clocked a superb 2:05.28 while winning the National School Games at Etawah earlier this year and hence a pre-race favourite to win the gold here that she realised without any second thought.

Namita Kabat won the 800m event in the inaugural edition at Singapore four years ago.

Tamil Nadu triple jumper Rochelle Maria MacFarlane got every chance to win the top spot.  However she could manage to register only 12.38m, her best leap of the day on the fifth round, that fetch a silver medal to the petit jumper.  Chinese Ma Yue with a 12.55m clinched the gold.  Rochelle had a successful season this year including a personal best 12.83m which she achieved while finished fourth in the senior Federation Cup at Patiala this April.

India won a third medal, a bronze, through Abishek Pal in boys’ 3000m race.  He clocked 8:45.72 for the podium finish behind Liu Hongliang (China, 8:25.86) and Ikeda Chikashi (Japan, 8:45.04).

Earlier India won a bronze medal on the second day of athletics competitions (20 Aug) through Ajay Kumar Saroj in 1500m.

Maharashtra shot putter Meghana Devanga barely missed a medal in the shot put for girls as she finished fourth with a heave of 14.51m.

At the end of the athletics competitions India won 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals.

 / Ram. Murali Krishnan /

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