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Asiad 2018: Govindan disqualifed in men’s 10,000m

Jakarta, Aug 26:Indias Govindan Lakshmanan missed out on taking a medal in the mens 10,000 metres category at the 18th Asian Games here on Sunday as he was disqualified following an official review.

The Indian Army runner had originally finished third, which would have earned the first Asian Games medal for India in that event after a gap of two decades.

But the Indian was disqualified because his foot touched the inside of the track.

Govindan had registered a time of 29 minutes and 44.91 seconds. Hassan Chani of Bahrain won gold with a time of 28:35.54. His compatriot Abraham Cheroben took silver with 29:00.29 while Chinas Zhao Changhong (30:07.49) got the bronze.

Later, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) lodged an official protest against the decision.

AFI files a Protest regarding DQ of G Lakshmanan (10000m) at #AsianGames2018, the AFI posted on Twitter.

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