Failure on track, but field day for India

SportsMayookha Johny failed to defend her gold medal, settling for a third-place finish with a jump of 6.30 metres on Wednesday. Deepak Joshi

While drawing blank on the track, India secured two bronze medals in the field events of the 20th Asian Athletics Championships here on Wednesday.

Long jumper Mayookha Johnny and discus thrower Krishna Poonia were competing against the advice of doctors in the hope of winning gold, a result that would see them book berths for the Moscow World Championships to be held in August. While Johnny finished third, Poonia finished outside the medals at fourth. Johnny jumped with a strapped up right ankle to hold together a torn ligament, while Poonia was struggling with a groin injury. Also read: Shot-putter withdrawn hours ahead of start

The second medallist from India, shot-putter OP Karhana kicked the turf in disappointment after winning bronze. His anguish stemmed from the fact that he could not reach his potential though his injured throwing elbow had healed after a year of pain. Karhana who was leading till the start of the fourth round with his second effort of 19.45 metres saw his hopes of winning gold vanish when Saudi Arabia's Sultan Alhebshi, the winner, threw the iron ball to a distance of 19.68 metres in the fifth attempt. In the same round, the meet record holder from Chinese Taipei, Chang Ming-huang, touched a distance of 19.61 to take the second spot from Karhana. Also read: All in awe of Saudi sergeant Al-Hebshi

With the deadline to qualify for the World Championships ending on July 20, Karhana felt the hurt of failing to make the grade. "I felt that I was in good form and was hoping to cross the 20-metre mark. The rain didn't help matters and I did slip during a warm-up throw and the slippery surface was playing on my mind but I don't want to blame the weather because the conditions was same for all the competitors," Karhana said.

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