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Asian Games: Heartbreak for Bahrain, joy for India

Lalita Babar, Sudha Singh clinch silver and bronze respectively in 3000m steeplechase after Ruth Jebet is stripped off gold

Incheon: Lalita Babar and Sudha Singh clinched a silver and a bronze under dramatic circumstances in the women's 3000m steeplechase after a Bahraini runner was disqualified on the opening day of athletics competition at the Asian Games here on Saturday.

India's Lalita Babar (left) and Sudha Singh during the 3000 metres steeplechase final on Saturday. Pic/PTI
India's Lalita Babar (left) and Sudha Singh during the 3000 metres steeplechase final on Saturday. Pic/PTI  

Babar and defending champion Sudha were upgraded from bronze and fourth-place finish after Bahrain's Ruth Jebet was sensationally stripped of victory after comfortably winning the race.

India protest
The teenager, who switched nationality from her native Kenya last year, was disqualified for stepping inside the track on her second last lap after stumbling while well clear of the rest of the field and under no pressure.

Bahrain's Ruth Jebet is in tears as she is escorted off the podium by a team official in Incheon on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Bahrain's Ruth Jebet is in tears as she is escorted off the podium by a team official in Incheon on Saturday. Pic/AFP

It was learnt that India lodged a protest that Jebet should be disqualified.

The announcement of her disqualification was made as the 17-year-old was about to step onto the podium. Incidentally, this was the second time Jebet was stripped of a gold. Babar and Sudha ran their personal best times of 9:35.37 and 9:35.64 respectively.

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