first_imgAsian Athletics Championships: PU Chitra wins India 3rd gold, Dutee Chand bags bronzePU Chitra became the only Indian to have retained the Asian Athletics Championships title in the ongoing edition of the meet in Doha on Thursday when she won the gold in the women’s 1500m eventadvertisement Next India Today Web Desk DohaApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 21:34 IST PU Chitra poses with the Indian national flag at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha (@afiindia Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPU Chitra now has two gold medals in women’s 1500m at Asian Athletics ChampionshipsAjay Kumar Saroj won the silver medal in men’s 1500m in Doha on ThursdayDutee Chand clocked her season best timing to win 200m bronze medalIndia’s middle-distance runner PU Chitra won the country’s third gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championships 2019 in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday by finishing on the top step of the podium in the women’s 1500m event. Gomathi Marimuthu (women’s 800m) and Tajinder Pal Singh (men’s shot put) had won India gold medals on Tuesday.23-year-old Chitra clocked 4:14.56s on Wednesday evening to become the first Indian athlete to defend her Asian Athletics Championships in the ongoing meet. Chitra had won the gold medal in the women’s 1500m race in the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships held in Bhubaneshwar.Chitra executed her plans perfectly by staying with the leaders for the majority of the race. She came up with a strong burst towards the end to leave Bahraini runners Gashaw Tigest and Winfred Mutile behind. Gashaw Tigest took the silver with a timing of 4:14.81s while Mutile won bronze with a timing of 4:16.18s, her season best.Notably, Chitra was beaten to third by Gashaw Tigest during her bronze-medal winning run at Asian Games in 2018.Speaking about the close finish in Doha on Thursday, Chitra said: “Got a little nervous towards the end being next to Bahraini runner (Gashaw Tigest). She beat me to third place in Asian Games. I had to really push hard in the end.”Minutes after Chitra’s memorable win, Ajay Kumar Saroj won a silver in the men’s 1500m race, clocking a season best timing of 3:43.18s. Abrahamn Kipchirchir of Bahrain took the gold with a timing of 3:42.85s.Ajay Kumar Saroj grabs 1500m Silver Medal of #AAC2019 #Doha with a Season Best Time of 3:43.18Fantastic show by both 1500m #Indian runners PU Chitra & Ajay pic.twitter.com/rLMZiVCeaKadvertisementAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 24, 2019India’s medall tally on the final day of the Asian Athletics Championships was opened by superstar sprinter Dutee Chand. The 23-year-old was involved in a photofinsih in the women’s 200m event and eventually finished with a bronze medal.#DuteeChand you deserve it, you did it!Winner of 200m bronze medal #AAC2019 #Doha with a PB time of 23.24s”I am really very happy. I missed a medal in 100m & relay. I put too much effort in 100m, was not sure of medal in 200m. Just did my best & I am happy,” Dutee said. pic.twitter.com/Ompcd5PFi5Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 24, 2019Bahrain’s star athlete Naser Salva took the gold with a timing of 22.74s while Kazakshtan’s Sarfronova Olga took the silver with a timing of 22.87s.Dutee and Odiong Edidiong of Bahrain were seperated by just 0.001s.”I am really very happy. I missed a medal in 100m & relay. I put too much effort in 100m, was not sure of medal in 200m. Just did my best & I am happy,” Dutee Chand said.Also Read | Badminton Asia Championships: Sindhu and Saina progress, Srikanth stunnedAlso Read | Ankita Raina stuns former US Open champion Samantha StosurAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow PU ChitraFollow Dutee ChandFollow Asian Athletics ChampionshipsFollow Ajay Kumar Sarojlast_img