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Asian Games: Athletics: Medals for Arokia, Poovamma & Manju

Incheon: Rajiv Arokia yesterday bagged a surprise bronze in men's 400m race in a personal best timing on the second day of the athletics competitions in the Asian Games here.

Rajiv Arokia
Rajiv Arokia 

Arokia clocked a creditable 45.92secs to better his earlier best of 46.13secs which he clocked at the National Inter-State Championships in Lucknow in June. Meanwhile, MR Poovamma bagged a bronze in women's 400m race yesterday.

Poovamma clocked 52.36secs in the final race behind pre-match favourite Oluwakemi Adekoya (51.59secs) of Bahrain and Vietnam's Thi Lan Quach (52.06secs) at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium.

MR Poovamma with her bronze medal
MR Poovamma with her bronze medal 

Manju Bala secured a bronze in women's hammer throw to add to the growing medal tally from track and field events.

She committed a foul off her next throw and was never in rhythm later as she threw two 60-plus throws interspersed in between with two very modest efforts of 57.80 and 57.19.

Manju Bala competes in the women's hammer throw competition yesterday. Pics/PTI
Manju Bala competes in the women's hammer throw competition yesterday. Pics/PTI 

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