India continued to stamp its dominance at the 13th South Asian Games 2019 as the contingent collected a rich haul of 10 medals that included four gold, four silver and two bronze on the first day of the athletics event at the Dasarath Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal on Tuesday.
From the track, the gold was delivered by Archana Suseendran in women’s 100m and Ajay Kumar Saroj in men's 1500m with the latter successfully defending the gold he won in Guwahati three years ago. The field golds were brought by Sarvesh Anil Kushare in men's high jump and M. Jashna in women's high jump.
Suseendran raced out of the blocks in the 100m final to cross the finish line in 11.80 seconds ahead of Sri Lankans Thanuji Amasha and Lakshika Sugand, who clocked 11.82 seconds and 11.84 seconds respectively.
The Allahabad-born Saroj added yet another feather to his illustrious resume that already has glittering gold medals from the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships and 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, apart from his success at the South Asian Games in the last edition. This year, he had to settle for a silver in 1500m at the Asian Championships in Doha but rebounded strongly here to finish on the top podium after a timing of 3.54.18 seconds that helped to edge compatriot Ajeet Kumar (3.57.18s).
India also cliched the top two spots in men's high jump after Sarvesh Anil Kushare cleared 2.21m to emerge as the best while Chetan Balasubramanya's effort of 2.16m fetched him the silver.
M. Jashna soared to 1.73m to take the gold in women's high jump with Rubina Yadav ending in the third spot to take the bronze for 1.69m.
Besides the above-mentioned names, India won a silver medal through Chanda in women's 1500m, where she clocked 4.34.51s. The bronze in that event also went to India with Chitra Palakeez finishing in 4.35.46s.
In women's 10,000m, Kavita Yadav clocked 35 minute 7.95 seconds to add a silver medal to India's burgeoning medal tally.Published 03 Dec 2019, 22:11 IST