New records in National Athletic meet

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Updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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A new national open mark by UP's Promod Kumar Tiwari (Hammer throw), Sanjay Kumar Rai of Railways and Pritipal Singh of Police (both in triple jump) and Soma Biswas of Railways (Heptathlon) marked the concluding day of the 41st National Athletic Championship here today. The championship also witnessed a grand golden double by Anil Kumar (Services) and Kavitha Pandya (Rlys). Railways continued to dominate the track and field events and collected the overall titles securing 148 points in men's and 176 pts in women's sections. Services (107 pts) and Tamil Nadu (66 points) finished runners-up in women. Tiwari, proved to be the only athlete to improve his own marks in successive meets. He had set a new mark in the Lucknow inter-state championship last month surpassing Virender Poonia's mark of 67.41m with a throw of 68.98m. In the finals today, Tiwari started with a foul and then touched the hammer at 68.82m in his next attempt. He then created new meet record by clearing a distance of 70.05m. Virendar Poonia of Railways (62.40m) and Nirbhav Singh of Services (62.11m) collected the silver and bronze respectively. Sanjay Kumar Rai won the triple jump with a new meet mark jumping a distance of 16.23m in his fifth try while Policeman Pritpal Singh bettered the earlier mark recording 16.02m. Both surpassed the earlier mark of 16.01m by B S Vinod of Police set in 1996 in New Delhi. In heptathlon, Railway athletes took the top three positions with Soma Biswas coming up with a superb effort of 5739 points, bettering the previous best of 5705 points of Pramila Ganapathy set in Kolkata in 1998. Udaya Lakshmi (5078 pts) and J J Shoba (4660 pts) finished second and third respectively. The fastest man in the country, Anil Kumar, who won the 100m dash yesterday, grabbed the gold in 200m today with a timing of 21.20 secs, which is below his own marks. His best so far has been 20.73 secs set in national circuit meet in Bangalore during July last year. Anand Menezes (Rlys) and Ajay Raj Singh (Police) came second and third respectively. In the 200m women, Kavitha Pandya was a clear winner clocking 24.28 secs. Picking up speed in the last 80 metres, Pandya surged ahead and never looked back. Mukthi Saha (Rlys) and Jayalakshmi (TN) came second and third. The gold medal in the men's 800m went to K M Binu (Rlys) in 1 min 47.80 secs, his career best timing. His previous best was 1 min 48.54 secs set in the same venue last year. Binu, the older brother of celebrated athlete, K M Beenamol, ran a well-planned race. In the first 600 metres, he was neck and neck with Primesh Kumar of Steel Plant and slowly increased his pace. Primesh Kumar and P J Robin of Kerala collected silver and bronze respectively. In the women's event, C Latha (TN) came first clocking 2 min 06.37 secs in a close race followed by Sunitha of Railways and N Tharani of Tamil Nadu. In the women's High Jump, Bobby Alosius withdrew after two jumps (1.72m) leaving the field to 17-year old Sangeetha (TN), who won the gold jumping 1.75 metres. Sahana Kumari also recorded 1.75 metres but on count back, she was adjudged for the Silver medal. Aloysius got Bronze. (PTI)

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