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A silver and a bronze for India on final day
- asian athletics - China top medals tally, Qatar second

Manila: Shakti Singh bagged silver on the final day of the 15th Asian athletics championships. The womenís 4x400 relay team clinched a bronze to cap off a disappointing outing for India who were without quite a few top athletes. The Indians finished without a gold, having to be satisfied with three silver and three bronze medals.

Shakti cleared 19.04 metres to finish a distant second behind Bilal Saad Mubarak. The Qatari struck gold with 19.41. The bronze also went to Qatar, Khaled Habash Al-Suwaidi managing 18.57. In womenís 4x400 relay, the quartet of Pinki Pramanik, Manjeet Kaur, S. Geetha and Kalpana Reddy clocked 3:35.34 to finish third. China took gold in 3:31.30 and Kazakhstan silver in 3:32.82.

Indiaís medal hopes in menís 800m were shattered when K.M. Binu was forced to pull out of the race with fever. Binu, the younger brother of K.M. Beenamol, had earned silver at last yearís Busan Asian Games. The gold in this event went to Adam Abdu Ali of Qatar who won in 1:46.20 seconds.

In menís 4x100 relay, the Indian team comprising Anil Kumar, Sanjay Ghosh, Piyush Kumar and Amit Saha finished fourth clocking 39.69. The Indians had clocked 39.93 in the heats.

Madhuri Saxena, who won a silver in 1500m, failed to repeat her performance in 800m as she finished fourth in two minutes, 03.48 seconds. Madhuri had come second in 800 at the Busan Games. Kuldeep Kumar (14:34.77) and Gulab Chand (14:37.36) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in menís 5000m. Qatarís Abdulrahman Amri Abdelaziz won the gold stopping the clock in 13:58.89.

Qatar also won the 400m hurdles through Mobarak Sultan al-Nobi to finish the meet in second place.

The Chinese, who topped the medals tally, grabbed six golds on the final day to raise their four-day tally to 19. Ha Mingming and Huang Xiaoxiao led the charge with meet record-setting performances in womenís 20km walk and 400m hurdles, respectively. Ma Ning won the womenís javelin and Wang Zhouzhou the menís high jump. (Agencies)

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