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Young Arpinder takes his third straight senior title in triple jump

Kolkata – 11 September 2011

 Last year’s Asian junior silver medallist Arpinder Singh completes a unique hat-trick in triple jump when he registered a personal best jump measuring 16.63m.  The 18-year-oldPunjab boy added open national crown to his National Games and Inter-State wins earlier this year.  Saurav Singh of Police and Bibu Mathew of Services took the silver and bronze medals by jumping to 16.22 and 16.06m respectively. 

 Another athlete to achieve this feat today was discus thrower Harwant Kaur representing ONGC.  Like Arpinder she also had her maiden title in the open nationals with a throw of 53.59m, an easy outing in the absence of Commonwealth Games gold medallist Krishna Poonia.

 Railway walker Deepmala Devi's winning streak in domestic circle was halted by Khushbir Kaur as she snatched the 20,000m race walking crown this morning in a time of 1 hour 34 minutes 38.18 secs.  Deepmala's last defeat also came in the Open Nationals two years ago at Bhopal.  Khushbir become the third woman represented the Punjab state to win the nationals behind Jasmin Kaur (2001 and 2003) and Amandeep Kaur (2005).

Haryana lad Manish and Bengal girl Asha Roy have took their maiden titles at the nationals while crowning the fastest man and woman of the meet.    Asha, a bronze medallist in long jump at the Youth Nationals three years ago, cloked 11.85 secs to win in a depleted field.  However Manish had to face a big challenge in two times champion B.G. Nagaraj of Railways.  Manish stopped the clock in 10.60s to win from Nagaraj, who shared an identical 10.67s with state-mate G.N. Bopanna, the third placer.  

Poovamma brought the women’s 400m gold in 53.87 secs to Karnataka, two decades after Ashwini Nachappa did this honour at the same venue!   In men's race Kunhu Muhammed defends his title, this time under services banner.  Last year he had represented his home-state Kerala.
Women 1500m race saw O.P. Jaisha took her third title in this event, after a gap of four years while teammate Sajeesh Joseph takes his second title in four years.
Steeplechaser Ramachandran got his maiden title at the nationals, also a first for Tamil Nadu in this event.
Vijay Kumar was the second combined events champ from Haryana as he replicated Jora Singh’s win in 2007 in decathlon with a tally of  7106 points.

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