The Hush Post: Six national records were broken and three new meet records were made at the 33rd National Junior Athletics Championships held at the Acharya Nagarjuna University ground in Vijayawada. In girls’ Under-18, 3000m race, Chamba girl from Himachal Pradesh Seema created a new national record by clocking 09:50.54. She broke her own previous record of 09:56.25. In the same event, Savita Pal of Assam also crossed the previous meet record when she completed the race with a silver medal winning time of 10:00.89. Punam Sonune (Maharashtra, 10:06.81) finished third. In boys’ Under-16 shot put, Adish Ghildiyal of Uttarakhand broke the national record of 17.91m. Rudra Narayan Pandey (UP, 17.44m) and Dhanveer Singh (AFI-Punjab, 16.91 took silver and bronze respectively.
Prashant Singh Kanhiya of Haryana also broke the previous national record of 4.72m by his impressive 4.75m pole vault jump in the boys’ Under-18. Rakesh Gond (Maharashtra) bettered the old meet record of 4.70m to win a silver medal and Dharmendra Gupta walked away with a bronze.
In boys’ Under-14 high jump, Vijay Malik of Haryana cleared a height of 1.93m and broke Ravi Kumar’s 1.92m high national record. Manish (Goa, 1.83m) won the silver and Sandeep Kumar took the bronze medal.
In 1000m sprint medley relay for boys’ Under-16, team Haryana clocked 1:56.95 to break the previous national record of Tamil Nadu (1:57.09) and won the gold medal. Uttrakhand (1:59.04) and Telangana (1:59.49) settled for the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Meanwhile, in girls’ Under-20 high jump, Rekha of Haryana setup a new meet record of 1.74m to win gold while in girls’ Under-20 shotput, Kiran from UP made it better than the previous meet record of 13.93m with 14.54m. Shreeshankar from Kerala also made a new meet record in boys’ Under-20 long jump with his effort of 7.72m bettering Ankit Sharma’s previous record of 7.57m.
Earlier on Saturday, in boys’ Under-18 decathlon event, Haryana’s Anuj Sangwan finished with 6618 points to grab the gold medal with a national record. Mohit (Haryana, 6227pts) won silver medal while Gokul KR (Kerala, 6134pts) got a bronze.