Jyothi canters home to nail 200M gold

Kavita pips Preeja to 10000M title with a new meet mark; Renjith, Tintu adjudged the best

Jyothi canters home to nail 200M gold

Kavita RautKarnataka’s Jyothi had suffered a shock defeat to Sharadha Narayana in the 100M and she was out to prove a point on the day. That she certainly did, ducking under 24 seconds for the first time to nail the gold in 23.86 seconds at the Maharaja’s College Stadium.

Abdul Najeeb Qureshi of Andhra Pradesh in the men’s 200 and P Kunhumuhammed of Kerala in the 400 also delivered power-packed performances on a day that had begun with a solid show of distance running from Kavita Raut and Preeja Sreedharan, who both bettered meet records in the 10000M.

“I had come here hoping to do well in the 100M but the result was a real shocker,” said Jyothi, who took control of the 200M very early in the race.

Running the curve nicely, she was well clear of the field as she came into the straight. Railways’ Sathi Geetha made a desperate attempt to catch up in the final 50 metres but it wasn’t good enough to challenge Jyothi.

“I didn’t have much hope in the 200M but it helped me save face. Now I can look forward to the Asian Grand Prix meets with confidence,” said the Canara Bank employee, whose previous best of 24.13 had come at the Indian Grand Prix at Coimbatore last year.
Bibin pulls out

Kunhumuhammed’s was a breakthrough performance in the men’s 400. Bibin Mathew was the favourite but he pulled out with a hamstring strain 150 metres into the race.
The All-India inter-university champion then took charge, warding off a late challenge from Shakeh Mortaja to win his first senior gold medal in an impressive 47.14.

South Asian Games champion Qureshi completed his sprint double with a 21.06-second dash in the 200, bettering his Dhaka time of 21.15. “I was looking to go below 21 but there was none to push me,” said the Hyderabadi.

In the morning, Kavita and Preeja continued their friendly rivalry in the 10000M.
The lead changed hands several times before Kavita’s better finishing speed carried her through to a personal best of 32:41.31. Both Kavita and Preeja (32:41.72) went under Preeja’s meet record of 33:25.00.

Tintu Luka won the 400M in 53.96 to complete a golden double while the women’s long jump saw the return of Mayookha Johny from injury after a gap of one-and-a-half years.
A tentative Mayookha took silver with 6.13 metres behind Reshmi Bose (6.15).
Railways won the team championships with 18 gold, 14 silver and 18 bronze.
Tintu and triple jumper Renjith Maheswary were adjudged the best athletes.

Results: Men: 200M: Abdul Najeeb Qureshi (Andhra Pradesh) 21.06 seconds, 1; Ritesh Anand (Railways) 21.73, 2; Manikandaraj (Gujarat) 21.75, 3.
400M: P Kunhumuhammed (Kerala) 47.14 seconds, 1; SK Mortaja (Services) 47.25, 2; J Prem Anand (Tamil Nadu) 47.70, 3.
1500M: Sandeep Kumar (Services) 3:46.84, 1; Sunil Kumar (Police) 3:47.20, 2; Satnam Singh (Railways) 3:47.81, 3.
10000M: S Raghunath (Police) 30:03.08, 1; Ajay Kumar Patel (Police) 30:07.60, 2; Ajay Veer Singh (Railways) 30:13.38, 3.
Hammer throw: Chandrodaya Narayan Singh (Uttar Pradesh) 63.00 metres, 1; Harvinder Singh Dagar (Uttar Pradesh) 62.38, 2; Joginder Singh (Railways) 61.75, 3.
Women: 200M: HM Jyothi (Karnataka) 23.86 seconds, 1; S Geetha (Railways) 24.33, 2; Ch Shanti (Andhra Pradesh) 24.87, 3.
400M: Tintu Luka (Kerala) 53.96 seconds, 1; Ratandeep Kaur (Punjab) 55.45, 2; R Elavarasi (Tamil Nadu 55.54, 3.
1500M: Sushma Devi (Railways) 4:18.92, 1; S R Bindu (Railways) 4:33.63, 2; Wahida Rahman (Police) 4:42.81, 3.
10000M: Kavita Raut (Maharashtra) 32:41.31 (New Meet Record. Old: 33:25.00, Preeja, 2007), 1; Preeja Sreedharan (Railways) 32:41.72, 2; Lalita Babar (Railways) 35:13.76, 3.
Long jump: Reshmi Bose (Railways) 6.15 metres, 1; Mayookha Johny (Kerala) 6.13, 2; Shalu Choudhary (Delhi) 5.88, 3.
Heptathlon: Pramila Aiyappa (Railways) 5238 points, 1; Navpreet Kaur (Punjab) 4881, 2; Sindhu KD (Kerala) 4858, 3.
Team championships: Overall: Railways (18 gold, 14 silver, 18 bronze). Best athlete: Men: Renjith Maheswary. Women: Tintu Luka.

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