KOCHI: Javelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang and quartermiler Sonia Baishya won gold medals in the athletics events of the Asian Games test event at Jakarta on Sunday.
Davinder was far away from his personal best and was trailing Sri Lankan Sampath Ranasinghe all through, but a last-round throw of 75.87m brought him the gold.
Meanwhile, Sonia, who was lucky to find a place in the Indian team as most of the country’s top quartermilers stayed away from the national camp and hence were not included, won the women’s 400m gold with Nithya Shree taking the silver.
V. Neena and Nayana James, silver and bronze medallists at the Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar last year, won the same medals in the women’s long jump and Jithu Baby took the men’s 400m silver while Elakkiya Dasan picked a bronze in the men’s 100m.
Men, 100m: 1. Muthumuni Vinod de Silva (Sri) 10.30s; 3. Elakkiya Dasan (Ind) 10.38. 400m: 1. Pattiya Mullewaththe (Sri) 46.83s; 2. Jithu Baby (Ind) 46.88; 4. P. Kunhu Muhammed (Ind) 46.98; 110m hurdles: 1. Chan Chung Wang (HKG) 13.93s; High jump: 1. Lee Hup Wei (Mas) 2.19m; Javelin: 1. Davinder Singh Kang (Ind) 75.87m; 3. Sahil Silwal (Ind) 68.12; Shot put: 1. Li Jun (Chn) 18.82m.
Women: 100m: 1. Zulkifli Husnaih (Mas) 11.82s; 400m: 1. Sonia Baishya (Ind) 53.53s; 2. Nithya Shree (Ind) 54.34; 100m hurdles: 1. Hsieh Hsi-En (Tpe) 13.78s; Long jump: 1. L. Maria Natalia (Ina) 6.43m; 2. V. Neena (Ind) 6.42; 3. Nayana James.