Arpinder wins bronze, gives India third medal in athletics

Arpinder wins bronze, gives India third medal in athletics

Arpinder wins bronze, gives India third medal in athletics

Arpinder Singh gave India its third medal in athletics as he won a bronze in men's triple jump event to end their campaign at the 20th Commonwealth Games here saturday.

The Indian athletics team was hoping for a medal from Arpinder after he leapt a brilliant 17.17m in June and he lived upto the expectations by winning a bronze with a best jump of 16.63m at the Hampden Park which was hit by evening rain.

The 21-year-old Arpinder achieved his best jump in his first attempt and he could not improved upon the mark in his subsequent five efforts. He had a series of 16.46m, 16.31m and 16.09m after his first effort while his last two attempts were foul jumps.

Khotso Mokoena of South Africa won gold with a jump of 17.20m while 2010 Delhi Games winner Tosin Oke of Nigeria settled for a silver with an effort of 16.84m.

On his performance, Arpinder said, "It was good. The weather was not good. My coach was not here, so it wasn't a very good performance. My next big championships are the Asian Games."

With Arpinder's bronze, India bagged three medals from athletics, including one gold won by Vikas Gowda on Thursday in men's discus throw. Seema Puna had won a silver in women's discus throw on friday.

Nobody had expected more than three medals from Indian athletics team in Glasgow Games but it was a far cry from the 12 medals, including two gold, won in 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, all the other Indian in the fray in track and field events came up with disappointing performances.

In the men's javelin throw finals, Vipin Kasana and Ravinder Singh Khaira ended their campaign in disaster as both of them returned with 'No Mark' results. The women's 4x400m relay team did not do any better as the quartet of M R Poovamma, Tintu Luka, Rattandeep Kaur and Anilda Thomas were disqualified in the final race.