Athlete Sudha Singh on Monday clinched a silver in women’s 3000m steeplechase event at the Asian Games in Jakarta. The veteran Indian long distance runner is bringing home her second Asian Games medal, clocking an outstanding timing of 9 minute 40.03 seconds.
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In a brilliant effort #SudhaSingh wins Silver No. 12 for #TeamIndia in #Athletics Women's 3000m Steeplechase Finals clocking 9:40.03, to come in 2nd! #Chinta finished 11th with a timing of 10:26.21. #WellDone Sudha Singh 👏🇮🇳👟#IAmTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/LYR9wmTlQR
— Team India (@WeAreTeamIndia) August 27, 2018
A terrific run by our 32 yr old #TOPSAthlete #SudhaSingh to win a SILVER medal in women’s 3000m steeplechase with a timing of 9:40:03.
Our #athletes are certainly bringing us immense pride.#SAI #IndiaAtAsianGames #AsianGames2018 #Athletics @iaaforg @afiindia #KheloIndia🇮🇳🥈 pic.twitter.com/qaT2tDGm0G
— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 27, 2018
While Sudha settled for silver in track and field events, Winfred Yavi of Bahrain took the gold in 9:36.52 and Thi Oanh Nguyen of Vietnam bagged the bronze in 9:43.83.
— Rahul Bhutani (@BhutaniRahul) August 27, 2018
Sudha, 32, had won a gold medal at the Asian Games in Guangzhou eight years ago in 2010 when women’s 3000m steeplechase was introduced. Her career’s personal best is 9:26.55 came in limelight while her season’s best is 9:39.59 which she came up with during the National Inter-State Championships in June.
Excellent run #SudhaSingh …another Silver medal for #India. Athletes making India proud. @Neeraj_chopra1 gave India another Gold.#Athletics #IndiaAtAsianGames pic.twitter.com/zRVotnzI2p
— Just Human (@JustHuman81) August 27, 2018
In 2016, Sudha smashed the national record in women’s 3000m steeplechase event to finish eighth in the second leg of the prestigious Diamond League Meet in Shanghai. She clocked 9 minute 26.55 seconds, in a running race in which runners must clear hurdles and water jumps. With this, she surpassed the existing national record of 9:27.09 which was set by Lalita Shivaji Babar at the 2016 Federation Cup.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 27, 2018
For those of you who are not familiar with the sport, in Steeplechase athletes race with a group of competitors jumping diverse fences and ditch obstacles. Typically, a steeplechaser has to be a tough, determined athlete with exceptional force as the sport requires high energy.
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Neeraj 🥇 (Javelin)
Sudha Singh (3000m steeplechase) 🥈, Dharun (400m hurdles) 🥈, Neena Varkil (Long Jump) 🥈#AsianGames2018 #AsianGames #IndiaAtAG2018 @Media_SAI @ioaindia pic.twitter.com/nz4Gm6cW7a
— myKhel.com (@mykhelcom) August 27, 2018
Silver evening for us.
Neena Varakil, Sudha Singh, Dharun Ayyasamy & Dutee Chand bagged Silver in women's long jump, the 3000m Steeplechase, 400m hurdles & in Women's 100m event respectively at #AsianGames
The victory of these Athletes shall aspire the youths across the nation. pic.twitter.com/bHAxxQPCQr
— Dr. Mahesh Sharma (@dr_maheshsharma) August 27, 2018
Singh also won gold at the Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar in 2017. She is a two-time Olympian and flagbearer of the 3000m steeplechase.
In January this year, she topped the women’s category of the Mumbai Marathon under tough conditions and she qualified for the Asian Games with a timing of 9:39.59, well above the Asian qualifying norm of 9:50.
India’s Medal Haul On Day 10 (40) – 7 gold, 13 silver and 20 bronze
Earlier on Sunday, sprinter Hima Das had won a silver medal in the women`s 400m final, clocking 50.79 seconds. Speaking to ANI, Das said, “I am satisfied with my performance. I don`t think about medals. I just think of bettering my own time. I am happy I was able to better my mark. I am also thinking about Olympics (Tokyo Olympics 2020) like other athletes, will try to perform best for India.”
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