Asian Athletics Championships: Tintu Luka, Jinsen Johnson qualify for 800 metres finals

08 July 2017, 02:51 PM
Asian Athletic Championships - File Photo
Asian Athletic Championships - File Photo

Defending 800m champion Tintu Luka spearheaded India's charge in the track events on Day three of the Asian Athletic Championships as almost all the Indians who competed in the third-morning session qualified for the final rounds scheduled later in the evening.

Luka overcame a mild stutter on the back straight in the second lap to win the second heat in 2:6.66 seconds and emerge the fastest qualifier. Her team-mates Lili Das (2:07.24) andArchana Adhav (2:09.42) also made it to the half-mile final without much trouble.

In men's 800m, Jinson Johnson won the opening heat in 1:50.48 to be among the favourites in the medal race while Vishwambar Kolekar won the third heat to also make it to the final.

India's US-based Siddhanth Thingalaya qualified as one of the two fastest losers in men's 110m hurdles, clocking 13.72 seconds to finish third in the second heat. Ankit Sharma (7.42m), S Samsheer (7.42m) and Siddharth Mohan Naik (7.39m) made it to the final of men's long jump.

First Published: Saturday, July 08, 2017 02:36 PM
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