MEG, SAI grab team titles

High jumper S Harshith hogs limelight on the final day

Dinesh KumarAt Sports Authority of India’s Southern Centre, Harshith sailed past 1.90 metres to claim the gold medal in the under-16 boys high jump, improving his meet record by a massive ten centimetres.

Harshith’s mark was one of seven records to fall on the final day with triple jumper Arshad M, hammer thrower Vanitha Rathod and pole vaulter Khyati S Vakharia all entering the record books.

Despite his easy win, Harshith was far from satisified with his performance. “I was aiming for two metres,” said the Bangalore Sports Club athlete, who has a best of 1.93 metres achieved at the National School Games at Kochi in January this year.

The 15-year-old student of S Cadambi school failed three times at that height on the day.

DYSS’ Arshad, who won the long jump with a meet record on Saturday, topped in boys U-20 triple jump with a leap of 15.10 metres.

Carl Britto of BSC also improved upon the existing mark of 14.33 metres, reaching 14.80 for the silver.

Khyati, a second-year MBBS student of Bangalore Medical College, cracked the women’s pole vault mark, sailing past 2.90 metres.

Hammer thrower Vanitha smashed her own record in the under-20 girls as well as the women’s sections.

She achieved 42.44 metres in the women’s segment and 41.80 metres in the girls event.

MEG’s domination was pronounced in the men’s section as they claimed six more gold medals on the final day. SAI too were clear leaders in the women’s section but the big winners of the day were Alva’s College, Moodbidri. They won team titles in the boys under-16, under-18 and under-20 categories besides finishing atop the girls under-16 and under-20 sections.

Dinesh Kumar’s double in walking events also caught the eye on the final day. Sports Authority of India’s Dinesh, who set a new record in the under-20 10000M walk on Saturday, won the men’s 20,000M walk, though a record eluded him on the day.

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