Dutee Chand bags another gold on final day of National Open Athletics Championships

Updated: 11 September 2013 00:07 IST

The Asian bronze medallist, who won gold in the 100m sprint yesterday, was just three hundredth of a second faster than her nearest rival Chavi Sharawat of Railways in today's final at the Birsa Munda Athletic Stadium.

Dutee Chand bags another gold on final day of National Open Athletics Championships

Ranchi:

Sprinter Dutee Chand of ONGC won her second gold medal at the 53rd National Open Athletics Championships after she claimed the yellow metal in the 200m race, even as triple jumper Renjith Maheswary failed to defend his title on the final day here on Tuesday.

The Asian bronze medallist, who won gold in the 100m sprint yesterday, was just three hundredth of a second faster than her nearest rival Chavi Sharawat of Railways in today's final at the Birsa Munda Athletic Stadium.

In the men's 200m, Odisha's Amiya Kumar Mallick warded off the challenge from Railway star Manikanda Arumugam to win the race in a noteworthy 21.22s.

National record-holder Maheswary, whose Arjuna Award has been put on hold, was upset by young Arpinder Singh by just 6 cm.

In another upset, Sajeesh Joseph lost to Services runner Sandeep Karan Singh in the men's 1500m race.

In the women's 10000m, Suriya Loganathan improved her personal best to 34:07.45s to clinch her second gold in the event.

Her previous best was 34:43.63s which she registered while finishing seventh in this year's Asian championships at Pune.

In the men's section, Army man Kheta Ram, who barely missed a podium-finish at the Asian championships, wrested the men's title with a timing of 29:47.92s.

Former Asian Junior champion Suresh Kumar Patel (ONGC) pushed the Services runner right from the beginning of the race and settled for a silver in a credible 29:48.10s in the 10000m.

Services' athletes made a clean sweep of medals in 400m with Kunhu Mohammed taking the top spot with 46.51s.

Uttar Pradesh's thrower Chandrodaya Narayan Singh recaptured the gold in hammer throw after two years while Parmila (Railways) claimed silver in the absence of top names in the women's discus throw.

Services team bettered their own meet record in men's 4x400m relay.

Meanwhile, the meet ended here today in utter chaos with the closing ceremony, attended by state sports minister, being held in complete darkness for the entire period after a power blackout.

Power went off as soon as the closing ceremony began at 6pm and the entire Birsa Munda Athletics Stadium descended into complete darkness.

There was no alternative arrangement made for such an eventuality by the organisers and the ceremony, which lasted a little over an hour, continued.

Topics : Athletics
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