The 23 year-old Indian athlete Ashwini Chidananda Akkunji won the gold medal for the women’s 400m hurdles. Ashwini creates history and she is India’s fastest athlete in 25 years in the hurdles event. But what’s more significant about Ashwini’s achievement is that she’s just a newbie on the hurdles scene. Here’s to many more gold medals, Ashwini!
The long-legged athlete crossed smoothly over the hurdles in just 56.15 seconds beating her own past record of 56.43 by 0.28 seconds.
It is the first Medal for India in the women’s low hurdles event since P T Usha lit up the Seoul Asian Games athletics arena in 1986 with her four-gold feat.
About her Victory Ashwini said: “Coming here I did not expect any medal. But after I ran my heat I saw that I had a chance for the gold medal. I was in lane no. 4 and the other athletes were ahead of me and I had to make up a lot of ground. But when I was ahead I was sure of the gold. I am tall and so I have long strides. I started running 400m hurdles in Udipi in India. One month ago, I focused on the 400m hurdles,” Ashwini added after her triumphant run.
India bagged total 63 medals —-14-Gold, 17-Silver, 33-Silver at 16th Asian Games