Poovamma tops in 400M

Manish, Asha claim 100M crowns; Renjith beaten in triple jump

Karnataka’s M R Poovamma also returned to top flight athletics in style, winning the women’s 400M in 53.87 seconds.

Punjab’s Arpinder Singh, 19, bagged the triple jump gold medal with a jump of 16.63 metres, while triple jump national record holder, Maheshwari, slipped to fourth position after failing to get his rhythm right at the SAI Complex in Salt Lake stadium. The Punjab youngster had his best jump in the sixth attempt, while Beijing Olympian Maheswari had a jump of 15.99 to cap a poor outing at the meet.

However, it was the sprint event at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan which became the highlight of the second day’s proceedings as two youngsters defied all odds to clinch top honours.

Daughter of a vegetable vendor in Singur, the 21-year-old Asha became the cynosure of all eyes when she took the 100M gold in her second senior-level competition. Asha, who had a silver-medal finish in the National Senior Inter-State meet in Bangalore, clocked 11.85 seconds for the gold.

In the men’s 100M, the 19-year-old Manish of Haryana emerged fastest with a timing of 10.60. Railways’ BG Nagaraj (10.67) and Karnataka’s GN Bopanna (10.67) bagged the silver and bronze medals respectively.

Results: Men: 100M: Manish (Har) 10.60 seconds, 1; BG Nagaraj (Rlys) 10.67, 2; GN Bopanna (Kar) 10.67, 3.
400M: Kunhu Mohammad (SSCB) 47.09s, 1; Jithin Paul (Rlys) 47.48, 2; Jibin S (SSCB) 47.90, 3. 1500M: 1 Sajeesh Joseph (Rlys) 3:54.59, 1; Sandeep Karan (SSCB) 3:54.71, 2; Chatoli Hamza (SSCB) 3:54.75, 3. Triple jump: Arpinder Singh (Pun) 16.63 metres; Saurav Singh (Pol) 16.22, 2; Bibu Matthew (SSCB) 16.06, 3. 3000M steeplechase: R Ramachandran (TN) 8:45.70, 1; Jaiveer Singh (SSCB) 8:46.80, 2; Sanjit Luang (SSCB) 8:48.70, 3.
Women: 100M: Asha Roy (Ben) 11.85s, 1; 2 Vinita Sahani (Rlys) 11.99, 2; Priya PK (Rly) 12.04, 3. 400M: Poovamma MR (Kar) 53.87, 1; Alka Rani (Del) 55.53, 2; Anu Mariyam Jose (ONGC) 55.70, 3. 1500M: OP Jaisha (Rlys) 4:15.88, 1; Jhuma Khatun (Rlys) 4:17.89, 2; Bindu SR (Rlys) 4:20.51, 3. 20km walk: Khushbir Kaur (Pun) 1::45:38.18, 1; L Deepmala Devi (Rlys) 1::47:33.34, 2; Gourav Kumari (MP) 1::52:08.45, 3.

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