Correction to ‚ÄúBest Athlete‚ÄĚ award announced at Junior Nationals
New Delhi ‚Äď 11 December 2013
During the 29th¬†National Junior Athletics Championships held at Bangalore (3-7 December) the Tamil Nadu long jumper G. Karthika has been selected as a ‚ÄėBest Athlete‚Äô in Youth Girls (Under-18) section.
However it was since discovered that the 800m runner Jessy Joseph from Kerala have earned better points than the TN girl.¬†¬†Jessy‚Äôs time of 2:08.65 fetch her 1005 points.¬†¬†That was 11 points more than what Karthika got (994 pts) for her performance of 6.03 metres in Bangalore.¬†¬†¬†The error is regretted.
/ AFI /¬†¬†¬†
Kerala defends champion title while Jessy and Chandan clips national records
Bangalore ‚Äď 7 December 2013
Kerala state retained the overall champion title, its nineteenth in twenty-nine year history of the junior nationals, notwithstanding none of their team-members received the best athlete award in the five-day meet which concluded in Sree Kanteerava Stadium here on the Saturday evening.
However Jessy Joseph from the champion state improved her own national youth record in 800m with a time of 2:08.65, that was 2/100th
¬†of a second faster than her previous mark which she set during the Inter-Zonal championships at Kochi earlier this
year.¬†¬†Jessy‚Äôs personal best ‚Äď 2:06.82 ‚Äď from the Open Nationals at Ranchi remain intact as there was no one to push her in today‚Äôs race.¬†¬†Teammate Therese Joseph (2:11.45) and UP girl Sugandha (2:18.00) were distant second and their places respectively.
The second national record of the day came from Bengal boy Chandan Bauri in the under-16 division.¬†¬†He clocked an impressive 22.11 secs which was faster than the winning time of junior men‚Äôs race in the morning session.¬†¬†The absence of TN sprinter Augustine Yesudas and Chandigarh‚Äôs 100m victor Husandeep Singh made the senior race a lacklustre affair which hosts Karnataka‚Äôs Saleem Sheikh eventually win in 22.27 secs.¬†¬†¬†Haryana boy Mohit took the youth boys title in 21.78 secs.¬†¬†¬†¬†TN sprinter Archana Suseeendran made it a double as she takes the 200m dash in 24.61s today.¬†¬†¬†Bengal girl Swapna Burman, who earlier set a national mark in high jump, garnered 4992 points in heptathlon today to improve the meet mark in that event.
However the most impressive performance of the day came from Tamil Nadu‚Äôs Mohd. Zuber in youth boys triple jump as he etched a
meet mark of 15.50m on his opening leap thus successfully defends his title from the previous meet.¬†¬†Originally hails from Delhi, Zuber represented Uttar Pradesh in earlier years as he had his schooling in Allahabad.¬†¬†Earlier this year he migrated to Chennai to join the Loyola College and hence started representing TN in the national meets.¬†His senior colleague Mohamed Salahuddin easily won the junior men‚Äôs title with 15.71m, a distance that seems to be having a permanent marker in his recent history!
The last record of the championships came from UP steeplechaser Parul Chaudhary as she sunk the meet mark with 7:11.88 after involved in a neck-to-neck fight with Kerala‚Äôs M.P. Safeeda till the wire.¬†¬†The Kerala runner was just 1/100th¬†of a second behind for the second place.¬†¬†Parul is holding the national record in this event at 6:57.68.
One athlete who missed the national mark yet need a special mention here is the young and upcoming shot putter Meghna Devanga.¬†¬†The Maharasthra girl tossed the 3 kg iron ball to 14.82m, that was just 7 cm short of Navjeet Kaur‚Äôs last year record.
Kerala‚Äôs lanky middle distance star P.U. Chitra won her maiden national title in 800m with a modest 2:13.24.¬†¬†The double gold medallist in distance events in both SAF junior championships in Ranchi and Asian Schools Athletics championships at Kuantan, Chitra is yet to decide which event to pursue seriously when she move in to collegiate athletics from next year onwards.
Kerala state won boys (213), girls (372) and overall (585) honours in the champions.¬†¬†Haryana (190) and Tamil Nadu (220.5) were runners-up in boys and girls divisions respectively.¬†¬†Hosts Karnataka was third among the girls and fifth overall.
The following athletes adjudged the ‚ÄúBest Athlete‚ÄĚ awards‚ÄĒ
U-20: Sumit Malik (Himachal Pradesh ‚Äď 400m)
U-18: Nirbhay Singh (Haryana ‚Äď Discus Throw)
U-16: Mankirat Singh (Punjab ‚Äď Shot Put)
U-14: Sourav (Haryna ‚Äď Shot Put)
U-20: Archana Suseendran (Tamil Nadu ‚Äď 100m)
U-18: G. Karthika (Tamil Nadu ‚Äď Long Jump)
U-16: Tiasha Samadder (West Bengal ‚Äď 400m)
U-14: Maharshi Baloda (Delhi ‚Äď Shot Put)
There were nine national and an equal number of meet records have been improved in the above championships.
/ Ram. Murali Krishnan /
Thrilling medley relay sweep by Tamil Nadu as Athira eclipsed national mark in triple jump
Bangalore ‚Äď 6 December 2013
Three national and one meet marks have been improved on the fourth and penultimate day of the 29th¬†National Junior Athletics Championships in Sree Kanteerava Stadium here on Friday.
The first national mark of the day came in youth girls‚Äô triple jump as Athira Surendran of Kerala erased G. Gayathri‚Äôs five year old meet
and national mark from the record books on her very first round jump of 12.86m.¬†¬†Having pocketed the gold comfortably, the 12th
standard student of Government Brennan Higher Secondary School from Thallassery eased off with 12.55m on the second and 12.44m on her fifth round respectively while fouled in all other attempts.¬†¬†Although she was happy with the record, the SAI Thalassery trainee missed the Junior Worlds qualification by 4 cm.
Another athlete who missed the Eugene standard was Punjab long jumper Bikramjit Singh who produced a last round 7.54m to win the top spot in the youth boys section from Kerala‚Äôs P.V. Suhail (7.50m) and Tamil Nadu‚Äôs SAF junior champion P. Anburaja (7.47m).¬†¬†Singh missed the qualifying mark by just 1 cm.
The second national mark of the day also came from a youth athlete as Amolak Singh of Maharashtra tabulated 5817 points in Octathlon to improve his state-mate Dileep Kumar‚Äôs three year old mark (5808 pts).¬†¬†It was the second successive national title for Amolak after the Inter-Zone championships which he won at Kochi earlier this year.
Quartets from Tamil Nadu made a clean sweep in all the four medley relay events held in the evening.¬†¬†In that process they also improved the national record in boys‚Äô under-16 category as the foursome of L. Ravi Kumar, M.S. Arun, T. Santhoshkumar and R. Balakrishnan clocked with an impressive time of 1:58.02.
Earlier in the morning Haryana lad Nirbhay Singh extends his winning streak with a new meet mark of 59.62m in the last round of
discus throw for Youth Boys.¬†¬†Dinesh Kumar from his own state held the previous record of 59.02m since 2005.¬†¬†Nirbhay, the nephew of former national record-holder Shakti Singh, is eagerly looking for a slot in the next year‚Äôs Youth Olympic Games as well as Asian junior championships.
Kerala girl V.V. Jisha won her second gold of the meet by taking the 400m hurdles for Junior Women this afternoon.¬†¬†Earlier she garnered her first win in 400m flat yesterday.
The junior men‚Äôs hammer throw saw a nail-biting victory for Rajasthan‚Äôs Kapil Mann as he pushed Surender Kumar of Bihar by a lone centimetre (63.58 to 63.57m).¬†¬†In the same age-group, Haryana‚Äôs Kundan scaled 4.60m in the pole vault‚ÄĒan identical height that cleared by TN vaulter V. Vignesh‚ÄĒbut declared the gold medallist on ‚Äėcount-back‚Äô.
Kerala teams took the sprint relay races in both junior (men and women) divisions to conclude the day‚Äôs schedule with 444 points lead.¬†¬†Tamil Nadu (276.5) and Haryana (228.5) are in next two positions at the end of the fourth day.
/ Ram. Murali Krishnan /
Haryana‚Äôs 15-year-old Sahil Mahabali was the cynosure of all eyes as he etched the national record in long jump with a marvellous leap of 7.27m while defending his title in the under-16 division for boys.
Jharkhand runner Devender was a full second slower for the silver medal that speaks the volume of Bauri‚Äôs margin of victory.¬†¬†¬†The youth boys‚Äô race was won by A. Dharun of Tamil Nadu in the same time (48.24s).
The other two national marks came in under-14 age-group.¬†¬†Delhi girl Mahashri Baloda threw the 3 kg iron ball to a new distance of 11.63m while Sanchay Kumar Paul of West Bengal clocked 11.19 secs in the 100m heats for the records.¬†¬†Sanchay went on to win the finals in a wind-aided 11.14 secs later in the evening.
Meet records have bettered in junior men‚Äôs discus throw by Haryana boy Sachin (56.72m) and junior women‚Äôs pole vault by M.K. Sinju Prakash of Kerala (3.40m).¬†¬†Sinju missed V.S. Surekha‚Äôs national mark by just 5 cm.
Karnataka girl G.K. Vijayakumari took the youth girls‚Äô 400m title in 56.75 secs that was faster than the winning time of junior women‚Äôs winner V.V. Jisha of Kerala (56.94s).¬†¬†Jisha‚Äôs teammate K.S. Anandhu missed the meet and national mark in boys u-14 high jump (1.85m) by just 1 cm.¬†¬†Incidentally Ananthu, the student of Sree Krishna Higher Secondary School in Guruvayur, jumped to an outstanding 1.89m while winning the Kerala State Schools Athletics championship at Kochi hardly a week ago.
Kerala state continue its ‚Äúnumero uno‚ÄĚ position with a whooping 322 points followed by Tamil Nadu (180.5 pts).¬†¬†Uttar Pradesh and Haryana with 138.5 pts each remain in the third spot at the end of the day‚Äôs proceedings.
/ Ram. Murali Krishnan /