The Asian Athletics Championships is one of the most prestigious continental events, held biennially involving the sport of Athletics in Asia. It includes various track and field events and is conducted by the Asian Athletics Association. The event is also recognized by the World Athletics, the governing body of the sport in the world. The first edition of the continental meet took place in 1973.
China has dominated the Asian Athletics Championships by accomplishing 656 medals with 317 gold, 219 silver, and 120 bronze medals. While, India stands in third position in the all-time medal list with 327 medals, including 88 gold, 108 silver, and 131 bronze medals. With the 2023 edition of the Asian Athletics Championships all set to take place from July 12 to July 16, 2023, at the Pattaya Stadium in Thailand, let us take a look at the Indian record holders in the history of the Asian Athletics Championships.
Indian record holders at the Asian Athletics Championships
Inderjeet Singh (Event – Men’s Shot Put)
At the age of 27, Inderjeet Singh secured a gold medal at the 2015 Asian Athletics Championship by achieving a remarkable 20.41-meter throw. This accomplishment made him the eighth Indian to earn gold at the esteemed championship. Prior to this success, Singh had clinched a gold medal at the Federation Cup Senior Nationals in Mangalore by throwing 20.65 meters, which secured his position in the Indian team for the Asian Athletics Championships. Some of Inderjeet’s other notable achievements include winning silver at the World University Games in 2013 and capturing bronze at the 2014 Asian Games held in Incheon.
Lalita Babar (Event – Women’s 3000m Steeplechase)
In 2015, Lalita Babar set a championship record at the Asian Athletics Championships by completing the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in just 9:34.13 minutes. This timing also marked her personal best and a new national record. As a result, she qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
At the Olympic Games, she achieved a 10th place finish with a time of 9:22.74. In recognition of her outstanding achievements, she was honored as the Sports Person of the Year at the 2015 India Sports Awards, an event organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Indian Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
Rajwinder Kaur, Satti Geetha, Chitra K. Soman, Manjit Kaur (Event – Women’s 4 X 400 m relay)
Under the leadership of sprint sensation Manjit Kaur, the Indian women’s relay team set a new championship record in the 4x400m relay, securing gold with a time of 3:30.93. This impressive victory marked the seventh instance of Indian women claiming the 4×400 gold in the history of the championship, also reclaiming the meet record.
Starting in the eighth lane, Rajwinder Kaur provided a strong beginning for the Indian team. However, Japan’s Asami Tanno momentarily gained the lead at the baton exchange. The second runner, Satti Geetha, decreased the gap in the subsequent lap before passing the baton to Chitra Soman, who outpaced Japan’s Mayu Kida. The final baton was taken by Manjit Kaur, who never lost the lead. The women’s 4 X 400m relay team’s members, thus, etched their names in the history of the Asian Athletics Championships.
Who are the Indian record holders at the Asian Athletics Championships?
|3000 m steeplechase
|4 × 400 m relay
|Rajwinder Kaur, Satti Geetha, Chitra K. Soman,Manjit Kaur
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