Good Sports: DEFENDING HER TITLE
P. U. Chitra of Kerala won the 1,500-meter race at the recent Asian Athletics Championships, defending the gold medal she had won two years earlier, when India hosted the event.
It was no easy feat, as she faced strong competition from two Bahraini runners, Ethiopian-born Tigest Gashaw, a former under-18 world champion, and Kenya-born Winfred Yavi.
Chitra edged past Gashaw in the last 200 meters, finishing in 4 minutes, 14.56 seconds.
“Got a bit nervous towards the end as I was next to Gashaw,” Chitra said. “She had beaten me in the Asian Games where I finished third. I had to really push hard in the end.”
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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