Asian Athletics: Swapna Barman wins heptathlon silver, Jinson Johnson pulls out of 1500m

Swapna Barman celebrates winning silver in the women's heptathlon at the Asian Athletics Championships in Doha. AP/PTI

Asian Games gold medallist heptathlete Swapna Barman and the 4x400m mixed relay team clinched a silver each while Sanjivani Jadhav won a bronze in 10000m race on the third day of the Asian Athletics Championships in Doha on Tuesday.

Swapna, 22, logged 5993 aggregate points from the seven events to finish second behind Ekaterina Vornina (6198 points) of Uzbekistan, while Purnima Hembram, the other Indian in the fray, was fifth with 5528 points.

Swapna's aggregate points on Tuesday were more than the 5942 she had logged while winning the gold in the last edition of the continental meet in 2017 but were short of the 6026 that she had accumulated in the Asian Games in Jakarta last year.

In the 4x4000m mixed relay team event, which was introduced for the first time in this championship, the Indian quartet of Mohammed Anas, M R Poovamma, V K Vismaya and Arokia Rajiv clocked 3:16.47 to finish second, behind Bahrain.

Hima Das, who pulled out of the 400m event due to lower back spasm, did not take part in the event.

The 22-year-old Sanjivani won the last medal of the day for India as she clocked a personal best time of 32:44.96 seconds to finish third behind Bahrain's Shitaye Habtegebrel (31:15.62) and Japan's Hitomi Niiya (31:22.63).

With the two silver and one bronze medals won on Tuesday, India stood fourth in the medal tally, with two gold, five silver and six bronze medals at the end of the third and penultimate day.

In the women's 4x100m relay race, India finished fourth, with the quartet of Dutee Chand, Archana Suseentra, Revathi Veeramani and Kunnath Ranga clocking 43.81 seconds.

After a disappointing fifth place finish in the 100m dash, Dutee ran the 200m heats and qualified for the final. She won her heat in 23.33 seconds. 3000m steeple chaser Parul Choudhary clocked a personal best of 10:03.43 to finish fifth in the final.

In men's 1500m race, Ajay Kumar Saroj qualified for the finals after clocking 3:49.20 seconds in the heats. Earlier in the day, India suffered a setback after Jinson Johnson pulled out of the 1500m race due to injury just hours before the Round 1 heats. "His left calf muscle is troubling him at the moment. Doctors have advised him not to compete in such a situation," deputy chief coach Radhakrishnan Nair said in a statement. Johnson also didn't compete his 800m final race on Monday. He holds the national records in both 800m and 1500m.

On the opening day on Sunday, Hima Das had pulled out of the 400m race due to a lower back spasm while javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, national record-holder 400m hurdler Dharun Ayyasamy and long jumper M Sreeshankar missed the championships due to injuries.