Athletics produce 14 new meet records

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Updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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The showpiece athletic event of the 31st National Games, which concluded at the Guru Nanak Dev Stadium yesterday, saw as many as 14 meet records being re-written but the standard in some of the events left much to be desired. , The large number of records did come as a surprise, considering that many of the star athletes, including ace quarter-miler Paramjeet Singh and middle distance runner Sunita, skipped the meet. There were notable performances from a number of athletes but ace quarter-miler from Kerala K M Beenamol stole the limelight erasing sprint queen P T Usha's long standing record in the women's 400m event while Punjab hurdler Gurpreet claimed two gold with record-shatterring feats in the men's 110m and 400m hurdles. Punjab, traditionally strong in the throwing events, maintained their supremacy by topping the medals table with a total haul of ten gold while Kerala had to be content with the second position bagging eight gold medals. The Tamil Nadu athletes, who made their presence felt in the jumping and middle distance races, returned with six gold followed by Maharashtra (4) and Delhi (3) after six days of athletic action. (PTI)

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