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Harminder Gives India 2Nd Athletics Medal

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  1. kds1980

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    Harminder Singh on Saturday became the first Indian to win a medal in a walk race in the history of the Commonwealth Games [ Images ], a day after Kavita Raut won the first-ever women's track medal, but their compatriots disappointed in other athletics events.


    The 26-yer-old walker from Patiala won a surprise bronze in the men's 20km road event to give the country its second athletics medal in these Games, while also clocking his personal best of 1 hour, 23 minutes and 27 seconds.

    Australians Jared Talent (1:22.18) and Luke Adams (1:22.31) won the gold and silver respectively.

    Talent had won a bronze in 2008 Beijing [ Images ] Olympics [ Images ] while Adams was a silver medallist at the 2006 the Melbourne [ Images ] Commonwealth Games.

    Harminder was narrowly off Babu Bhai Panucha's national mark of 1:23.06. Panucha, incidentally, did not finish the walk while another Indian Baljinder Singh was ninth with a timing of 1:29.18.

    With Harminder's medal, India [ Images ] has won two bronze in athletics with Kavita Raut having finished third in the women's 10,000m race on Friday.

    Harminder was only the fifth man to win an athletics medal in Games history after Milkha Singh [ Images ] (gold in men's 440yard race in 1958), Praveen Kumar [ Images ] (silver in men's hammer throw in 1966), Mohinder Singh Gill (bronze in men's triple jump in 1970; silver in men's triple jump in 1974) and Suresh Babu (bronze in men's long jump in 1978).

    In women's 20km race walk, however, Rani Yadav finished sixth clocking a time of 1:42.54 while K J Sandhya was eighth with a timing of 1:51.44. L Deepmala Devi did not complete the race.

    England's [ Images ] Jo Jackson won gold with a timing of 1:34.22 which was also a Games record time, to win her country's first yellow metal in this event. Claire Tallent of Australia [ Images ] won the silver in 1:36.55 while Kenyan Grace Njue bagged the bronze (1:37.49).

    In the evening, other Indians could not emulate Harminder's feat on the fourth day of the track and field events even though the showpiece venue Jawaharlal Nehru [ Images ] Stadium was thronged by nearly 40,000 spectators, the biggest so far.

    In the women's shot put final, Manpreet Kaur and Patwant Kaur finished a distant ninth and 11th in the 12-athlete field. Manpreet threw a distance of 14.50m while Patwant cleared 12.63m.

    Valerie Adams of New Zealand [ Images ] won gold in Games record distance of 20.47m which erased compatriot Valerie Vili's 19.66m effort in 2006 Melbourne Games.

    Clepatra Brown (19.03m) of Trinidad and Tobago and Tasele Satupai (16,63m) of Samoa won silver and bronze respectively.

    Another Games record was created when South African Sunette Viljoen won the women's javelin throw by throwing the spear to the 62.34m mark, bettering her own record of 60.72m, which he set in Melbourne four years ago.

    Australia's Kim Mickle (60.90m) won the silver while another South African Justin Robbeson bagged the bronze with an effort of 60.03m.

    India's Saraswathi Sundaram and Suman Devi finished a lowly eighth and ninth respectively despite setting their season's best of 51.51m and 51.19m.

    The best Indian performance in this session came from Sudha Singh who finished fifth in women's 3,000m steeplechase by setting a new national record of 9:57.63. She erased the earlier mark of 10:03.05 standing in the name of Jaisha.

    Jaisha flopped along with Priyanka Patel by bringing up the rear to finish eighth and ninth in a slow 10:20.83 and 10:26.48 respectively.

    Kenya swept the race with their 2009 World Championships bronze medallist and season's world leader Milcah Cheywa winning gold in 9:40.96.

    Mercy Njoroge and Gladys Kipkemoi bagged silver and bronze respectively in 9:41.54 and 9:52.51.

    In men's discus throw, national record holder Vikas Gowda finished second by clearing 60.83m to qualify for the finals while Anil Kumar fell by the wayside after ending at 13th with a disappointing 47.68m effort.

    Season's leader among Commonwealth discus throwers, Australian Benn Harradine, who finished second in IAAF/VTB Continental Cup in Croatia last month, emerged winner in the qualification round with an effort of 61.98m.

    In women's 200m, Satti Geetha ran her season's best of 23.99secs to finish third in a round one heat and qualify for the second round.

    In men's 200m, India's Dharambir ran his personal best of 21.20secs but still failed to qualify for the semi-finals after finishing sixth in one of the round two heats. The other Indian in the fray, Mohd Abdul Qureshi was disqualified for false start in a round one heat.

    In women's long jump, all the three Indians -- Maliakkal Prajusha, Mayookha Johny and Resmi Bose – qualified for the finals with efforts of 6.31m, 6.27m and 6.12m respectively.

    In men's 400m hurdles, both the Indians in the fray -- national record holder Joseph Abraham and Kuldev Singh -- failed to qualify with both finishing fourth in their respective heats. Abraham clocked 50.55secs, below his season's best of 50.24secs and national mark of 49.52secs.

    Both their women counterparts also could not qualify for the finals after finishing fifth in their respective heats. Jauna Murmu clocked 59.86secs while Ashwini Akkunji timed 59.49 secs.
     
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    Indians have once again shown the world that when it comes to Athletics forget about competing with world champions,they can't even compete with 2nd grade Athletes of the commonwealth countries
     
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    Indians, just like entrants from most commonwealth countries, (ie those not from western developed nations like UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand), have a very difficult task. There is complete lack of facilities, equipment, sponsorship, coaching, medical assistance, and regular competitions. Western competitors have facilities from early age in primary schools, whilst non-western children may be working in fields, shops or factories, or collecting water for cooking or to wash clothes. Some don't even have clean water to drink. Only a few with wealthy parents might get half a chance to engage in serious level sports activities. Even tenth place is equivalent to a gold of the western nations.

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    India have already won more than 50 medals.Majority of which are coming through Shooting,Others came through Wrestling,weightlifting and very few from Other sports.They all face problems Which you have mentioned.

    Also please look at Kenyan Athletes.Their men and women win Long distance races,marathons as if there is no competetion.What kind of facilities kenya have been providing to them?

    I don't understand why is it hard for Indians to accept that they are not good Athletes and it is one of the main reason that we are not good in many sports.
     
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    What happened to the phrase:

    It is not the winning but the taking part that counts.

    Or was that only for the school playground? Things like the Commonwealth Games are supposed to bring together people with a shared interest and be fun. Getting bogged down in medals tables takes the fun out of it!
     
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    Well I guess the above is just to cool down nerves of Players.If you keep on participating and end up loosing all the time then No One respect you not even your coach.The biggest idiom that is applicable to entire world is NOTHING SUCCEED LIKE SUCCESS .That is why we all remember successful people.BTW could anyone without the help of google tell me names of Indian Athletes who lost?But yeah we all remember Milkha Singh because he was successful

    Also winning is important from the point of view of Earning your bread.You win medal You get rewarded by Government Which Give you lakhs of rupees and Plenty of jobs are available in sports Quota in Various companies.But If you loose then if you are not from financially sound family then You may have to quit because no one will give anything to you
     
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    Fair points. However, if medals tables are becoming a reason for anger and insults then thats not going to be constructive. Not everyone can be a winner as there are only 3 medals for each event. In the UK, everytime an athlete loses they love to blame the rest of the world (most recently the Indian crowds in shooting comps) rather than congratulating the Indian shooter on a brilliant performance and the UK shooter on a silver medal winning performance. The news seems to be taken over by putting people down rather than building people up. Why not focus on celebrating successes and strategies to improve for future.....
     
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    Defeat is something That is very difficult to accept for any nation.On very First day of CWG Indian weightlifting Coach said to press that silver and bronze does not matter,after some weightlifters Got silver and Bronze,What matter is Just Gold.Almost all countries prefer to find some blame Rather than accepting defeat as these days sports are like war and no one wants to loose it.
     

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