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Durgesh Kumar Pal won GOLD in 400m hurdles

 Douglas, Isle of Man – 11 September 2011

 When he lined-up for the semi-final yesterday India’s Durgesh Kumar Pal had one thing in mind—win the race at any cost—as he carried the in memory the unforgettable loss at the World Youth Championships just two months ago in Villeneuve d’Ascq.   In the French town, popularly known as Lille, he misjudged his opponents in the semi-finals and finished third in a slow time which cost him dearly a chance to enter the final to win the event.  Having won the silver medal in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games at Singapore last year he was a pre-race favourite but returned home empty-handed.

 The lesson from France taught him since that he swear himself not to lose any race thereafter.  Drawn on lane five in the Sunday’s final, Durgesh ran a well calculated race and cleared the obstacles without any problem to romp home the coveted gold in 51.76 secs.  South Africa’s Constant Pretorius, fifth at WYC, finished a distant second in 53.05s while Kion Joseph of Barbados took the bronze in 53.52s.

 However the other Indian hopes were dashed in girls 200m semi-finals when Archana Suseentran (25.36s) and Sunanda Sarkar (25.20s) finished third and fourth in their respective heats and could not qualify for the final.

 / Ram. Murali Krishnan /

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