Gurpreet Singh, Pramila set new meet records

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Updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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Railway athletes Gurpreet Singh and Pramila Ganapathy enlivened proceedings setting meet records in the 110 m men's hurdles and women's long jump events respectively in the 41st national open athletic championships here today. Gurpreet, who erased a 37-year-old record of G S Randhawa with a time of 14.07 s in the 110 m hurdles in the inter-state championship in Lucknow, was tipped to win hands down. But he had to stave off the challenge posed by P T Yesudas (Ker) and S Sridharan of Tamil Nadu before winning at 14.18s. In the process, he erased the earlier meet mark of Yesudas (14.25s) set in Bhopal in 1999. Yesudas (14.54s) came second while Ashok Chandaya (Rlwys-14.76s) third. In the women's long jump, Pramila's took the gold with a 6.43m jump in her second attempt. She thus bettered her own mark of 6.38m set in Kolkata last year. Incidentally, the Railways star's best effort emanated out of an absorbing battle between her, Anisha K Vijayan (Ker) and Jetty C Joseph (Lic), gold medal winner in the Lucknow inter-state meet last year. Anisha took the silver while Jetty the bronze with 6.13m and 6.06 m jumps respectively. (PTI)

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