Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Purnima Hembram clinched gold medal in the pentathlon event at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on Monday.
Hembram scored a total of 4062 points to finish at the top with Thailand’s Winatho Wrtaf Wassana (3915 points) and Sunisa Khotseemueang (3093 points) finishing 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Purnima had earlier brought laurels to the state by winning bronze medal in women’s heptathlon at the Asian Athletics Championships held this year at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
Taking to Twitter, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated Hembram on her achievement.
Congratulations Purnima Hembram on winning gold in the Pentathlon event at @Ashgabat_2017. We’re proud of you.
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) September 18, 2017