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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Odia girl Purnima Hembram has brought laurels to the State by winning gold in the women's pentathlon event at the 5th Asian Martial Arts Games at Ashgabat in Turkmenistan.

Purnima won the lone gold for India as she collected an aggregate of 4062 points from five events.

Earlier on Monday, India opened its medal account in style by grabbing one gold, two silver medals and one bronze on the third day of the event.

Tejinder Pal Singh Toor and Sanjivani Jadhav won a silver medal each in men's shot put and women's 3000m respectively while Neena Varakil took a bronze in women's long jump.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated Purnima on winning gold in the Pentathlon event at the Games.

Meanwhile, MP Baijayant Panda also congratulated Purnima on her outstanding achievement at the event.

India is being represented by 203 athletes in 15 sports disciplines in the Games, touted as the second biggest multi- sporting event of the continent after the Asiad.

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