Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitated cash reward to all the Indian medal winners from the Asian Athletics Championships 2017 here at Kalinga stadium.
While Rs 10 lakh each was awarded to gold medallists, Rs 7.5 lakh was given to each silver medal winner and Rs 5 lakh to each bronze-medallist.
“My heartiest congratulations to all the medal winners, the entire Indian contingent. “All of us are extremely proud and delighted that India not only topped the medals table but also registered its highest ever medal tally as well as the highest ever haul of gold medals in the 44 year history of the Asian Athletics Championships,” said CM Naveen Patnaik.
A special award was given to Neeraj Chopra, Javelin thrower, who created a Meet Record of 85.23 meters.
“I am delighted to be felicitated by the chief minister. The cash prize received today shall help me in many ways. I’ll never forget Kalinga Stadium which gave me a gold medal,” said Neeraj Chopra.
“The prize amount is very good. The crowd at Kalinga Stadium is superb. I’ll never forget their contribution in cheering the Indian Team members,” G Lakshsmanan said.
India took the tip point in the medal standings with 29 medals that include 12 gold, 5 silver and 12 bronze.
Here is the list of all medal winners.
Muhammed Anas Y, Ajay Kumar Saroj, G Lakshmanan, Kunju Muhammed, Amoj Jacob, Arokia Rajiv, Neeraj Chopra, Nirmala, Chitra P U, Sudha Singh, Manpreet Kaur, Swapna Barman, Debastree Mazumdar, Jisna Mathew, M P Poovamma and Nirmala
Arokia Rajiv, Tajinder Pal Singh Toor, Anu R and Gopi Thonakal
Jabir MP, Bikas Gowda, Jinson Johnson, Jisna Mathew, Sheena N V, Annu Rani, Purnima Hembram, Merlin K Joseph, Dutee Chand, Himashree Roy and Srabani Nanda.