41 Indian athletes for Asian Championships


New Delhi : A 41-member Indian squad was announced Thursday for the Asian Athletics Championships to be held in Amman, Jordan, from July 25 to 29.

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The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) said that the championships would provide an opportunity for athletes to qualify for the World Championships, which will be held in Osaka in August.

"The federation expects Anju Bobby George (long jump), Manjeet Kaur, Chitra K. Soman, Vikas Gowda, Krishna Punia, Sinimol Paulose, Surender Singh and Hamza to perform well," said AFI secretary Lalit Bhanot in a statement here.

In the previous championships in Incheon, South Korea, Indian athletes won four gold, five silver and four bronze medals.

The team will depart for Amman Friday by a Gulf Airlines flight.


Men: 4x100m relay (B.G. Nagraj, Ajay Kumar, Sameer Mon, Ritesh Anand and Vilas Neelgund); 4x400m relay (K.M. Binu, Abraham Joseph, Vinay Choudhary, S.K. Mortaza, Sareesh Paul and Kuldev Singh); 400m: Binu; 400m hurdles: Kuldev Singh and Abraham Joseph; 800m: Francis Sagairaj and R.Rajeev; 1,500m: C. Hamza and Sajeesh Joseph; 5,00m: Surender Singh and Sunil Kumar; 10,000m: Surender Singh and Santosh Kumar; shot put: Saurabh Vij and Navpreet Singh; discus throw: Vikas Gowda; triple jump: M. Renjith and Bibu Mathew; high jump: Hari Shankar Roy; decathlon: P.J. Vinod and Jora Singh; hammer throw: Nirbhay Singh

Women: 4x400m relay (Manjeet Kaur, Chitra K. Soman, Illyeen Samantha, Mandeep Kaur, Anu Mariam Jose and Sini Jose); 800m: Sinimol Paulose and Susma; 1500m: Sinimol Paulose and Susma; 5000m and 10,000m: Preeja Sreedharan; long jump: Anju Bobby George; discus throw: Krishna Punia and Harwant Kaur; heptathlon: Shobha J.J. and Sushmita Singha Roy