Kobe: Rattled by a dope scandal, Indian athletics finally has something to cheer about as long jumper Mayookha Johny led the Indian charge with a gold on the opening day of the 19th Asian Championships here on Thursday. Discus thrower Vikas Gowda added a silver while Asian Games gold medallist Preeja Sreedharan bagged a bronze in women's 10,000m race.
Mayookha leapt 6.56m in her second jump to open India's gold medal account on a rain-hit opening day at the Kobe Universiade Stadium to emulate her idol Anju Bobby George who had won Asian Championship gold in 2005.
China's Lu Minjia won the silver by jumping 6.52m while the bronze went to Japanese Saeko Okayama who had an effort of 6.51m. The women's long jump event was delayed after the stadium was lashed by rain which affected the performance of the athletes.