18th Asian Games Invitational Tournament 2018 | Athletics

8th Asian Games Invitational Tournament 2018 was a test event for 2018 Asian Games scheduled from 11 Feb – 15 Feb 2018.

24 Indians athletes took part in Asian Games Test Event in 16 Athletics Event & won 22 medals including 14 Gold.

Result of Indian Athletics team at Asian Games Invitational Tournament –

Player Event Heat Final Medal
Neena V Long Jump Women
6.42 Silver Medal
Nayana James Long Jump Women
6.16 Bronze Medal
Nithya Shree Ananda 400m women
54.34 Silver Medal
Elakkiya Dasan 100m men 10.31 – Q 10.38 Bronze Medal
SIDDARAJANAYAKA Vidyasagar 100m men DQ
Devinder Singh Kang Javelin Throw
75.87 Gold Medal
Sachin Silwal Javelin Throw
68.12 Bronze Medal
Baby Jithu 400m Men
46.88 Silver Medal
PUTHANPURAKKAL Kunhu Muhammed 400m Men
46.98 4th
Sreeshankar Long Jump 12 Feb 7.74m 4th
Samsheer Sullia Ebrahim Long Jump 12 Feb 7.07m 10th
Ajay Kumar Saroj Men’s 1500m 12 Feb 3.43.85 Gold Medal
P.U Chitra Women’s 1500 m 12 Feb 4.18.74 Gold Medal
Santhosh Kumat Men’s 400m Hurdles 12 Feb 50.38 Silver Medal
MADARI PALLIYALIL Jabir Men’s 400m Hurdles 12 Feb 50.23 Gold Medal
Sarita Gaykwad Women’s 400m Hurdles 12 Feb 59.09 Gold Medal
Sonia Baishya 400m women
53.53 Gold Medal
V.N Sheena Women’s Triple Jump 13 Feb 13.33 Gold Medal
Hima Das Women’s 200m 13 Feb 23.59 Gold Medal
GOVINDAN Lakshmanan Men’s 5000m 13 Feb 13:56.30 Gold Medal
L.Suriya Women 5000m 13 Feb 15:39.18 Gold Medal
Jinson JOHNSON Men’s 800m 14 Feb 1:47.96 Gold Medal
KANAGARAJ Kamalraj Men’s Triple Jump 14 Feb 15.73 Bronze Medal
Sarita Singh Women’s Hammer Throw 14 Feb 61.75 Silver Medal
India 4*400m Relay Men 14 Feb 3:07.06 Gold Medal
India 4*400m Relay Women 14 Feb 3:37.76 Gold Medal
India 4*100m Relay Men 14 Feb DQ

Key Moments:

Davinder Singh in Asian Games Invitational Tournament

  • One of the India’s bright prospect in Javelin Throw Devinder Singh Kang looked way off color & only registered a throw of 75.87m which was way less than his potential. Despite the below par performance, he was able to grab a Gold for India but with the important events coming up like Commonwealth Games 2018 & Asian Games 2018, he needs to take his game to the next level.
  • Sachin Silwal, another Javelin Thrower clinched bronze for India with a 68m mark.
  • Elakkiya Dasan register Good Timing of 10.31 in Heat and 10.38 in Final which was just Short of Indian National Record of 10.26 (Amiya Kumar Mallick). Elakkiya Dasan is 23 Year old and has potential of breaking National Record
  • SIDDARAJANAYAKA Vidyasagar got Disqualified from 100m heat due to False Start.
  • Indian Men 100m relay team got Disqualified from Final too,
  • Men’s Long Jump and Men’s 100m Relay team were the only events in which India didn’t won a Medal..
  • In men’s 400m hurdles category, India won both Gold & Silver medal after Jabir Palliyalil Madari took the first position with the timing of 50.23s, followed by Santhosh Kumat who completed the race within 50.38s.
  • P.U. Chitra continued her domination in women’s 1500m race as she took the Gold easily with the remarkable timings of 4.18.74s.

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Though the Asian Games Invitational Tournament 2018 didn’t had a tough competition as many star athletes didn’t appeared for the competition but it proved to be a good exposure for the Indian athletes as they get ready for the big events lined up (Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia & Asian Games, Indonesia).