Parul Chaudhary has become the third Indian track and field athlete to win gold at the 2023 Asian Games, winning the women’s 5000m. Parul hanged back for much of the race before breaking away from the rest of the pack with Japan’s Ririka Hironaka ahead of her. Parul has added to the silver medal she won in the 3000m women’s steeplechase. Parul on Tuesday registered a time of 15:14.75.
Parul’s gold is India’s third from track and field at the 2023 Asian Games, adding to the medals won by shotputter Tajinderpal Singh Toor and men’s 3000m steeplechase winner Avinash Sable. This was India’s 14th gold at the Games. The Indian athlete overtook Japan’s Ririka Hironaka in the last 20-25 metres of the race to claim the yellow metal.