Bhopal: After lackluster
performance on the first two days of the four-day 49th Indian
National Open Athletics Championship three National Meet Records, (NMRs),
were created here on Thursday at the Tatya Tope Stadium in Bhopal.
All the NMRs were broken by Indian
Railways athletes whose team continued to steamroll the opposition
and remain perched on the top of the medal tally. The three NMRs
were established in men’s 400 meters Hurdles by Joseph G. Abraham,
in men’s Triple Jump by Ranjith Maheshwari and in the women’s pole
vault by V S Surekha.
At the end of the penultimate day of
the championship Railways had garnered 16 gold, 14 silver and 9
bronze medals and were way ahead of other teams. Services with four
gold, one silver and four bronze while Kerala with three gold, three
silver and four bronze medals were placed second and third in the
Joseph Abraham continued his good show
by taking his fifth straight win in the 400 meters Hurdles in the
domestic competitions this year. Joseph Abraham, Railway’s top male
athlete, broke the Sahib Singh’s record of 50.43 seconds in the 400
meters hurdles of the year 1998, clocking 50.26 sec to set the new
meet record and finish with the gold. Although Joseph broke the
record but he was very far from his personal best (49.51s) which he
had set as a national record in 2007.
Hurdles:1.JOSEPH G. ABRAHAM (RAILWAYS) -- 50.26 * NEW MEET
RECORD; 2.AVIN A THOMAS (RAILWAYS) -- 50.70; 3. SATINDER SINGH
RANJITH M (RAILWAYS) -- 16.68m***NEW MEET RECORD; 2. AMARJEET
SINGH (RAILWAYS) -- 16.22m; 3.SAURABH SINGH (POLICE) -- 15.37m;
KUMAR (RAILWAYS) -- 63.14m; 2. HARVINDAR SINGH DAGAR (UTTAR
PRADESH) -- 62.22m; 3. NIRBHAY SINGH (SERVICES) -- 61.46m;
Steeplechase:1. ELAM SINGH (SERVICES) -- 8:53.26; 2. OM PRAKASH
(SERVICES) -- 8:53.56; 3. JAI BIR SINGH (SERVICES) -- 9:06.11;
V.S.SUREKHA (RAILWAYS) --4.00 m ** NEW MEET RECORD; 2.
MADHUSINI DEVI (RAILWAYS) -- 3.50m; 3.TAPSI NANDI (RAILWAYS) --
20-Km Walk:1. RANI
YADAV (UTTAR PRADESH) -- 1:44:37.00; 2. SANDHYA K.J (POLICE) --
1:45:08.00; 3. L.DEEPMALA DEVI (RAILWAYS) -- 1:48:12.00;
HARPREET KAUR ., RAILWAYS 1:00.56; 2. DARSHANA. M.S ., KERALA
1:01.38; 3.SHIJI JOHN C. ., RAILWAYS 1:01.61;
High Jump:1. KAVYA
MUTHANNA (JHARKHAND) -- 1.75 m; 2. K.C.CHANDANNA (KARNATAKA) --
1.70 m; 2.SAHANA KUMARI (RAILWAYS) -- 1.70m;
400m Run:1. MANJIT
KAUR (PUNJAB) -- 53.62; 2. TINTU LUKA (KERALA) -- 54.15; 3. K.
SOUJANYA (ANDHRA PRADESH) -- 54.54;
Steeplechase:1. KIRAN TIWARI (RAILWAYS) -- 10:39.04; 2.
REMESWARI M.V. (KERALA) -- 11:39.84; 3. WAHIDA REHMAN (POLICE)
"I’m surprised with my time, but I’m
very happy to beat the meet record,” said Abraham after the race. “I
am really in a good tune and I know that I have to give at least my
personal best to win the Gold medal at the 18th Asian Athletics
Championships which will be held next month from November 11 to 15
in China”, he added.
His teammates Avin A. Thomas &
Satinder Singh crossed the hurdles in 50.70s and 51.52s and won the
silver & bronze medals respectively of the 400 metees Hurdles.
Meanwhile, V S Surekha of Indian
Railways also established a new meet record in the women's pole
vault, bettering her own record with a leap of 4.00 meters. Surekha
also tried to 4.10m height to break her own national record of 4.08
meters but couldn’t succeed to cross the bar in her all three
Surekha improved upon her own mark of
3.85 meters, set in 2006, in the pole vault event to win the gold.
While her teammates Madhusini Devi, with a jump of 3.50 meters,
finished second and Tapsi Nandi, who cleared 3.30 meters, settled
for the third spot.
Ranjith Maheshwari, the first Indian
who crossed the 17 meters barrier on June 23, 2007 at the second leg
of Asian Grand Prix at Guwahati, erased Amarjeet Singh’s National
meet record of 16.53m created in October 2007. Ranjith created new
meet record with a spectacular jump of 16.68m in his fifth attempt.
His teammate & previous record holder
Amarjeet Singh also managed 16 plus jump for the silver. He jumped
16.22m. Saurabh Singh of Indian Police stood third with a jump of