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Saturday, October 10, 2009 01:07:50 PM, Pervez Bari

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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 medal tally.


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.


Detailed Results




Triple Jump:1. RANJITH M (RAILWAYS) -- 16.68m***NEW MEET RECORD;  2. AMARJEET SINGH (RAILWAYS) -- 16.22m;  3.SAURABH SINGH (POLICE) -- 15.37m;




3000m Steeplechase:1. ELAM SINGH (SERVICES) -- 8:53.26;  2. OM PRAKASH (SERVICES) -- 8:53.56;  3. JAI BIR SINGH (SERVICES) -- 9:06.11;



Pole Vault:1. V.S.SUREKHA (RAILWAYS) --4.00 m  ** NEW MEET RECORD;  2. MADHUSINI DEVI (RAILWAYS) -- 3.50m;  3.TAPSI NANDI (RAILWAYS) -- 3.30m;


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;


400m Hurdles:1. 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;


3000m Steeplechase:1. KIRAN TIWARI (RAILWAYS) -- 10:39.04;  2. REMESWARI M.V. (KERALA) -- 11:39.84;  3. WAHIDA REHMAN (POLICE) -- 12:01.36;

"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 attempts.


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 15.37 meters.



























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