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Mayookha repeats her double triumph in jumps

Kolkata – 12 September 2001

 Asian champion Mayookha Johny of ONGC repeats her 2008 effort by taking a ‘double’ in long and triple jumps.  By achieving this she joined Lekha Thomas, who represented LIC, to win the above events at the nationals back to back in 1997-98.  Mayookha’s earlier appearance had come through her home-state Kerala, and that was the only difference. 

 Starting with a noteworthy 13.47m jump on first round, Mayookha improved her mark to 13.63 and 13.71 in the next two rounds to win the gold in triple jump on Monday evening. Although 40 cm short of her personal best and national record performance registered at the Asian championships in Kobe, today’s show was highly commendable after her hectic season.  

 Neethu Mathew (Madhya Pradesh) recorded a career best 13.24m for the silver while former Commonwealth Youth Games victor Shradha Ghule of Maharashtra claimed the bronze with 12.85m.    

 Asian bronze medallist Om Prakash Singh, who is credited with two throws over 20 metres at his training base of Szombathely in Hungary, revealed his excellent form with a final round throw of 19.45m for his third title in the nationals in men’s shot put but barely missed the meet mark of 19.59m by Police athlete Bahadur Singh Sagoo.

 There was an interesting duel in high jump by national record-holder and home favourite Harishankar Roy and defending champion Nikhil Chittarasu.  In a see-saw battle both the athletes tied for the gold as the duo cleared the same height of 2.16m and could not be separated even after a ‘count-back’. The first such occurrence at the nationals.  Jagdeep Singh of ONGC received the bronze medal in 2.13m.

 In yet another interesting duel in the men's 400m hurdles by Railwaymen Satinder Singh Bajwa and Avin A. Thomas, both the athletes declared joint winners after a "dead-heat" which witnessed them clocking an identical 51.49 secs.  Services runner Shejil Verghese (51.95s) was awarded the bronze medal.

 Bhupinder Kaur brought the first medal for Punjab in women’s 400m hurdles clocking a moderate 60.64 secs outpacing R. Anu of Kerala (1:01.00) and Haryana’s Anju Rani (1:01.65).

 Asian junior champion Harvinder Singh Dagar of Uttar Pradesh, like another junior Arpinder Singh in triple jump yesterday, takes his third straight senior title of the year in hammer throw which followed his golden efforts at the National Games in Ranchi and the Inter-State win in Bangalore.  He overpowered his senior rival Nirbhay Singh of Services with a fine effort of 63.37m.  The services thrower got the silver in just 5 cm behind.  Uttaranchal’s Shiv Kumar delivered 61.51m for the bronze.    

 Kerala athletes had a clean sweep in women’s pole vault event with K.K. Anoosha annexed the gold by scaling 3.40m.  K.P. Anusha (3.40) and K.C. Dija (3.30) occupied the next two places in the podium.

 Olympic qualifier Babubhai Panucha of Services fails to defend his title and a chance to win a hat-trick in men’s 20,000m race walking.  Punjab’s Surender Singh won the race in 1 hour 29 minutes 3.9 secs.  Panucha finished second in 1:30:10.60 while teammate Chandan Singh completed in third. 

 Although in low key at performance level, the women’s heptathlon saw a battle for the top spot between Purnima Hembram (Orissa) and K.D. Sindhu (Madhya Pradesh).  The latter won the event eventually tabulating 4958, just five points more than that of Hembram. 

 The women’s steeplechase event had to be cancelled due to lack of entries.

 / Ram. Murali Krishnan /

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