Gritty Tintu picks up gold; Sinimole fades

Athletics: Inter-State championships: Kashinath captures Karnatakas first title


Laid low by fever after her gold-winning effort at the Open Nationals earlier this month, Kerala’s Tintu wasn’t at her best but still managed to ward off a stiff challenge from Delhi’s Sushma to take the top spot in 2:04.10.

There was little by way of top quality action on the second day at the Nehru stadium but with Tintu lining up against Sinimole Paulose, the 800M naturally demanded attention. But Sinimole, struggling with fitness concerns, failed to measure up on the day and it was left to Tintu to do a front-running act.

PT Usha’s ward did that well, covering the first lap in 59.72 seconds. Sushma upped the pace in an attempt to topple Tintu but the latter stayed ahead at every phase to emerge a worthy winner, even though she couldn’t touch her best of 2:03.53 achieved at Bhopal. SR Bindu took the bronze behind Sushma, while Sinimole could only finish fourth.

“Tintu ran a good race considering she was on antibiotics till yesterday,” said a beaming Usha, even as photographers clicked away.

“Our target is 2:02-plus now and she is capable of that. The important thing is, she didn’t slip much from that Bhopal time.”

Karnataka struck their first gold of the meet through Kashinath Naik in men’s javelin. Kashinath’s first throw of 74.71 was good enough for the top place, no other thrower managing to cross 74 metres on the day.

The 28-year-old Army havaldar from Sirsi crossed 74 metres in the fifth and sixth rounds too, producing efforts of 74.28 and 74.43. “I was expecting to cross 78 metres; I am not too happy with the performance,” said Kashinath, who achieved his best of 77.71 at this year’s Services meet in Hyderabad.

Double for Tamil Nadu

Hosts Tamil Nadu had plenty to cheer about, with S Sathya and Gayathry Govindarajan delivering gold medals with personal best performances. Sathya timed 10.50 seconds to claim his first senior title in the 100M while Gayathry was a cut above in the women’s 100M hurdles.

Sathya, basically a 200M runner, cashed in on a good start to push favourite Abdul Najeeb Qureshi to the silver medal position.

In contrast, Open Nationals champion Gayathry clocked a career-best 13.59 seconds in the heats but a worn-out spike pegged her back a little in the final.

Despite clipping the seventh hurdle badly, the 18-year-old timed 13.84 for the gold.
HM Jyothi of Andhra Pradesh, beaten to silver in 100 and 200M at Bhopal, erased that disappointment with a solid run for the 100M gold in 11.67 seconds.


Results: Men: 100M: S Sathya (Tamil Nadu) 10.50S, 1; Abdul Najeeb Qureshi (Andhra Pradesh) 10.57, 2; Arunjith S (Kerala) 10.58, 3.

800M: S Prakash Verma (Jharkhand) 1:48.07, 1; Satnam Singh (Punjab) 1:48.78, 2; Pankaj Dimri (Uttarakhand) 1:49.25, 3.

110M hurdles: Sandeep Parmar (Maharashtra) 14.76S,, 1; K Krishna Mohan (Andhra Pradesh) 14.77, 2; Harish KA (Kerala) 14.80, 3.

High jump: Hari Shankar Roy (Jharkhand) 2.13M, 1; Benedict Starli (Tamil Nadu) 2.13, 2; Jiten Thomas (Maharashtra) 2.06, 3.

Long jump: Maha Singh (Punjab) 7.78M, 1; Mohd Ibrar (Uttar Pradesh) 7.60, 2; Shamsher Pratap Singh (Punjab) 7.59, 3.

Javelin throw: Kashinath Naik (Karnataka) 74.71M, 1; Om Narayan (Haryana) 73.76, 2; Ramandeep Singh (Punjab) 73.65, 3.

Decathlon: Bhartender Singh (Haryana) 7115 points, 1; PJ Vinod (Kerala) 7024, 2; Chanderhas Kushwaha (Uttar Pradesh) 6578, 3.

20,000M walk: Harminder Singh (Punjab) 1::29:44.05, 1; Ashok Kumar Patel (Chattisgarh) 1::32:22.53, 2; Mani Ram Patel (Madhya Pradesh) 1::32:37.55, 3.
Women: 100M: HM Jyothi (Andhra Pradesh) 11.69S, 1; N Saradha Narayanan (Tamil Nadu) 11.76, 2; Mandeep Kaur (Punjab) 12.09, 3.

800M: Tintu Luka (Kerala) 2:04.10, 1; Sushma (Delhi) 2:04.31, 2; SR Bindu (Kerala) 2:05.91, 3.

100M hurdles: Gayathry Govindarajan (Tamil Nadu) 13.84S, 1; Anuradha Biswal (Orissa) 14.18, 2; Poonam Bojanna (Jharkhand) 14.31, 3.

Shot put: Saroj Sihag (Delhi) 14.65M, 1; Neelam (Haryana) 13.94, 2; Steffy (Goa) 13.45, 3.

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