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24th National Inter-Zonal Junior Athletics Championships

Mandeep Goyat improved national mark on final day

 Pune, 24 September 2012

Home advantage brought Maharashtra the champion status as they received overall honours in the three day 24th National Inter-Zone junior athletics championships which concluded at Shiv Chhatrapathi Sports Complex, Belewadi, near here on Monday evening.

 The hosts collected 429.5 points for the overall title ahead of Haryana, which finished runners-up with 347.5 points.

 Maharashtra middle-distance star Mandeep Goyat improved his own national record by clocking 1:51.08 to win the Youth Boys’ 800m run.  In the Youth Nationals at Bangalore earlier this year he had set his previous national mark of 1:52.66.

 Another athlete who excelled today was sprinter Dutee Chand representing Jharkhand in youth girls section.  Having won at Bangalore with a national youth record of 11.80 secs in 100m she was a hot favourite to win here and she did not disappoint her fans with yet another splendid show, clocking 11.89 secs in the final, with new a meet record.

 Meet records were set in six more events on the concluding day.  Noted among them were 2.11m in high jump by Kerala’s Sreenith Mohan in u-18 boys and 53.86 secs clocking in 400m hurdles in the same age-group by Satish Pasala of Maharashtra.

 In boys u-16 division U.P. high jumper Yugant Shekar Singh sailed over 1.95m while M.P. walker Shailesh Kumar covered 10,000m distance clocking 45:19.32. 

 In the junior women’s hammer throw event local girl Soniya Shinde set out the ball and chain to 49.79m for a new mark. 

 Tamil Nadu relay quartet R. Chandra Kumar, Jothi Ranjan, S. Jeeva Kumar and S. Dharmalingam erased the meet record in junior men’s 4x400m relay with a time of 3:18.78.

 / Ram. Murali Krishnan /

Ankita, Puneet improved national marks

Pune, 23 September 2012
Records fall like nine-pins as the second day of National Inter-Zone junior athletics championships witnessed as much as nine records, two of
them national marks, on Sunday at Balewadi. Although the hosts dominated with six gold medals, the medal distribution was universal as many states from across the country won medals on the penultimate day.

Local favourite Aneesh Abhay Joshi once again dominated on high hurdles and set a meet mark of 14.19 secs while taking the top honours in junior men’s 110m hurdles.  Aneesh, who earlier won the Junior Federation Cup at the same venue with a 14.05 secs clocking, however failed in his bid to improve the national record of 13.92s standing in the name of J. Surendhar of Tamil Nadu since 2010.   Same was the case with Karnataka’s Meghana Shetty in Youth Girls’ 100m hurdles.  Meghana, the winner of JFC in the middle of this year here, went on to better another meeting record in 14.18 secs.

The national records came from relatively young age-groups.  In girls u-16 division Ankita Sunil Gosavi from the host state Maharashtra stop the clock at 14.45 secs to eclipse Meghana’s two-year-old mark 14.57s in 100m hurdles.  Team-mate Shriya Vilas Kolge (15.29) and Karnataka’s Simona Mascarenhas (15.42) took the silver and bronze medals respectively.

Haryana’s young Puneet Chauhan shattered the national best in 600m run for boys’ under-14 section with a time of 1:24.54.  Three other athletes who finished behind him also bettered the previous record of 1:26.6 stood in the name of Manipur’s S. Ibungo Singh since 1994.

/ Ram. Murali Krishnan /

Prem Kumar’s 7.94m leap was highlight of opening day
Pune, 22 September 2012
When Kumaravel Premkumar leapt to 7.94m, national junior record, on the sixth round of Junior Men’s long jump final at Shiv Chattrapathi Sports
Complex here he not only got the gold medal but also conquered the hearts of the entire audience who were fortunate to watch it during the opening day of 24th National Inter-Zone junior athletics championships.The Tamil Nadu athlete, raised in difficult economic background, was lucky enough to receive specialised training in the Chennai-based Prime Sports Academy under the watchful eyes of its founder and coach Mr. Nagaraj. Prem Kumar, the lone medallist in this year’s Asian Indoor championships,proved his performance of 7.92m achieved during the trials at Bangalore before the Hangzhou competition was not a mere fly on the pane.

Prem, who went on to add another bronze medal to his kitty from the Asian junior championships in Colombo, will be a medal prospect for the country at the senior level in the coming years.  His maiden senior title came from the National Open championships held at Chennai hardly a week ago. 


Apart from the above national mark, as much as seven meet records have been bettered on Saturday although many top athletes from Kerala and some northern Indian states have preferred to save their best for next month’s Junior Nationals at Lucknow.

Of the seven meet marks five eclipsed on the track while the remaining two are from the field.  The one lap race saw three records—Haryana’s Nirmala (55.68 secs) in youth girls, host state’s Anjana Dhavlu (56.37s) in u-16 girls division and Nishant Singh from Madhya Pradesh in boys’ u-16 section with a time of 49.94 secs.

Haryana lad Sachin had a big throw with discus in the youth boys group as he hurled the disc to a remarkable 56.62m.

Kerala u-14 girl Gayathry Siva accounted for another field mark by scaling 1.52m in high jump.

/ Ram. Murali Krishnan /

New Delhi, 16 September 2012

 The 24th National Inter-Zonal Junior Athletics Championships will be conducted at Shiv Chhatrapathi Sports Complex, Balevadi, Pune, by Maharashtra Athletics Association from September 22 to 24, 2012.

 As much as 900 athletes are expected to take part in four age-group divisions for boys and girls.

The meet is growing bigger and popular when compared to the inaugural edition held at New Delhi in December 1989 where only 65 events have been contested in two age-groups, i.e., senior and junior divisions for boys and girls. 

 The top-two athletes from the competitions held in four Zonal competitions will vie for top honours in Pune.      

 Although representing the Zones, team honours go to leading states in the recent editions of the above championships in order to encourage the state associations to show more interest in the above meet.

 / AFI /

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