Asian Games: Harmilan Bains emulates mother to win silver in 800m final

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Harmilan Baines won her second medal with a silver in the women’s 800m final of the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, adding to her silver from the 1500m final two days earlier. In doing so, Harmilon emulated her mother Madhuri Singh, who is also an Asian Games medalist in the same event. Madhuri Singh also won silver in the women’s 800m event at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan.

Harmilan finished second behind Sri Lanka’s Tharushi Dissanayaka, who won gold by a fair distance, while the 25-year-old Indian beat China’s Wang Chunyu at the line – who took bronze.

Harmilon and Chanda, the two Indians in the field, started at the back of the pack early in the race, trailing the front three for the first lap. Wang was the pace setter at the start of the race, but as the race progressed into the second lap, the Indians began to pull away around the 1:30 mark.

As they rounded the final bend, Harmilan made a surge to extend the lead behind her but looked set for bronze, before overtaking Wang in the final yards to claim silver, thus emulating her mother’s feat from 21 years earlier. Harmilan finished with a time of 2:03.75, 0.55 seconds behind Dissanayaka, while Wang set a season’s best to claim bronze. Chanda finished seventh with 2:05.69.

Two days earlier, Harmilan also won silver in the women’s 1500m final with a time of 4:12.74. Winfred Yawi of Bahrain is trailing. This is his first medal in a major competition.

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