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India win 4 athletics gold on Day 3 of Asian Games test event

India win 4 athletics gold on Day 3 of Asian Games test event

Jakarta: Indians clinched gold in all the four events contested on the third day of the Asian Games athletics test event even as Suriya Longanathan made a 'solo run' in women's 5000m here on Tuesday. She was the only one to turn up for the race at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium.

Despite nobody there to push or pace her, the 28-year-old Indian recorded a career-best time of 15 minutes and 39.18 seconds, shaving nearly seven seconds of her previous best of 15:46.92. Her effort will, however, not enter in record books.

In the men's 5000m race, Govindan Laxmanan, competing in his first event of the season, easily clinched gold by clocking 13 minutes and 56.30 seconds to finish ahead of Takanori Ichikawa of Japan who was nearly half a minute behind with a time of 14:19:10.

NV Sheena then claimed a gold medal in the women's triple jump while Hima Das did the same in the women's 200m race.

The 18-year-old Das clocked a career-best 23.59 seconds to finish ahead of Ulfa Silpiana of Indonesia who was nearly a second behind with 24.86.

Sheena cleared 13.33m in her second jump to clinch the triple jump gold. Sri Lanka's Vidusha Heenatimullage came close with her final attempt of 13.28m but no other jumper crossed the 13m mark.

The 26-year-old Sheena had won a silver medal in triple jump at the Asian Indoor Championships in Tehran last month.