The Asian Athletics Association organized the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship from July 6 to 9, 2017. The event was held at Bhubaneswar, India at the Kalinga Stadium. For India 2017 was a remarkable year at the Asian Athletics Championship. For the first time in Asian Athletics Association’s history, India finished on the top of the medal count in their most fruitful campaign with 29 medals.

22nd Asian Athletics Championship

The four-day tournament ended with India grabbing 12 gold, five silver, and 12 bronze medals and stood first. China ended at the second position with 8 gold, 7 silver, 5 bronze.  Kazakhstan finished third with 4 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze while Iran ended on fourth with 4 gold and 1 bronze.

India cracked China’s monopoly this time!!!!

22nd Asian Athletics Championship

However, India suffered a huge setback as their 800 mt. because runner Archana Adhav was disqualified, although she was initially declared as the gold medal winner, for pushing Sri Lankan rival Nimali Waliwarsha Konda from behind near the finishing line. India even requested to reconsider the decision but the jury of technical delegates refused and took a unanimous decision to disqualify Archana. Thus India lost a gold medal in dramatic circumstances. In spite of the setback, most of the time the crowd at the Kalinga Stadium was on the edge of their seats as India kept winning gold medals one after another under sticky conditions.

World junior record holder javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra also grabbed the gold with a final throw of 85.23m. Devinder Singh Kang stood at the third position by clearing a distance of 83.29m.

We proud of our country and champions too!!

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