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29th Junior Nationals

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’s 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 jessyyear.¬†¬†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’s race in the morning session.  The absence of TN sprinter Augustine Yesudas and Chandigarh’s 100m victor Husandeep Singh made the senior race a lacklustre affair which hosts Karnataka’s 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’s Mohd. Zuber in youth boys triple jump as he etched a
zuber-2meet 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’s 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’s 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’s last year record.
Kerala’s 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
BOYS:
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)
GIRLS:
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’ triple jump as Athira Surendran of Kerala erased G. Gayathri’s five year old meet
Athira-1and national mark from the record books on her very first round jump of 12.86m.  Having pocketed the gold comfortably, the 12thstandard 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’s P.V. Suhail (7.50m) and Tamil Nadu’s 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’s 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’ 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
Nirbhay-1 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’s 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’s 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 /
Sahil Mahabali defends U-16 long jump gold with new national mark
 
Bangalore ‚Äď 5 December 2013
Four national and two meet marks have been bettered on the third day of 29th National Junior Championships at Sree Kanteerava Stadium here today.
Haryana’s 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.
SahilThe Panchkula based athlete started his campaign with 7.08m on the first round that was sufficient to ensure his gold in this event as the second-placed Devuraj of Kerala did only 7.07m this evening.  However Sahil could not remain with it as he produced a marvellous 7.22m on his second try that erased the meet and national record of V.S. Vineeth of Kerala by 3 cm.  Having secured the gold and the record the Haryana lad made two easy jumps on the next two attempts before setting his big leap of 7.27m on the fifth round.  Tamil Nadu boy M. Jeeva finished third in 6.90m.
Another national record came in the same division when Bengal’s Chandan Bauri clocked a stupendous 48.24 secs in 400m that improved the previous mark by 0.9 secs margin.  vijayakumari
Jharkhand runner Devender was a full second slower for the silver medal that speaks the volume of Bauri’s margin of victory.   The youth boys’ 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’s discus throw by Haryana boy Sachin (56.72m) and junior women’s pole vault by M.K. Sinju Prakash of Kerala (3.40m).  Sinju missed V.S. Surekha’s national mark by just 5 cm.
Karnataka girl G.K. Vijayakumari took the youth girls’ 400m title in 56.75 secs that was faster than the winning time of junior women’s winner V.V. Jisha of Kerala (56.94s).  Jisha’s 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 /
Swapna scales new high while Nasimudheen attained Eugene standard
Bangalore ‚Äď 4 December 2013
The second day of National Junior Athletics Champions at Sree Kanteerava Stadium witnessed one national record being bettered and a world junior qualification achieved.
In the youth (u-18) girls’ high jump Swapna Barman accounted for the first national record of the ongoing championships as she scaled 1.71m to improve Kavya Muthanna’s nine year old National Youth Best by 1 cm.  The gritty Bengali jumper already shown her prowess when she won the inaugural Asian Schools Athletics championship gold in Kuantan, Malaysia, this September by clearing 1.69m.  She went on to secure a silver medal in the South Asian Junior championships at Ranchi with a modest 1.65m last month. However there was no stopping for Swapna on Wednesday morning as she cleared comfortably the each height she went through to erase local star Kavya’s record for the gold.
Another upcoming high jumper Juelly Badhe of Maharashtra, who won two successive gold medals at the junior nationals in the under-16 category in last two years, settled for silver in 1.65m while Nagaland‚Äôs Aungkali gave the north-eastern state a bronze in 1.63m‚ÄĒa height also scaled by two other athletes.
The hosts have something to cheer as Shashidhar Harshith rewrote the meet mark in boys under-20 high jump as he cleared 2.13m, another 1 cm improvement of the past record jointly held by Omvir Singh of Rajasthan (in 2001 at Bangalore ) and Lakshmanan Yogaraj of Tamil Nadu (in 2008 at Mysore).  Returning after an injury the Karnataka boy pushed the pre-event favourite Sreenith Mohan to second place as the Keralite could clear only 2.11m today.
Kerala‚Äôs M.N. Nasimudheen, a 12th¬†standard student of St. George‚Äôs Higher Secondary School at Kothamangam in Ernakulam district, became the first athlete of the meet to attain the qualifying standard for the World Junior Championships to be held in Eugne, United States, in next July as he stops the clock at 14.24 secs ‚Äď the exact time for the above norms in the qualifying heats in the afternoon.¬†¬†¬†Lather in the evening Nasimudheen won the finals in a bit slower 14.38 secs.¬†¬†Punjab hurdlers Jashanjot Singh (14.51) and Tarundeep Singh (14.57) filled the next two spots on the podium.
At the end of the day Kerala continue to lead the table with 167 points.
/ Ram. Murali Krishnan /
Chitra, Gayathry sets meet marks on the opening day
Bangalore, 3 December 2013
Athletes from defending champion state Kerala excelled on the opening day’s proceedings in the 29th National Junior Athletics championships which got underway at Sree Kanteerava Stadium here.
There were two meet marks obliterated on the Tuesday morning, both of them by Kerala athletes, as 17 finals went off as scheduled.
P.U. Chitra, the new princess of distance running from Palakkad, clocked 4 minutes 33.82 secs in junior women‚Äôs 1500m that removed Sunita Rani‚Äôs 17-year-old meet mark of 4:35.0 from the books.¬†¬†The lean ‚ÄėPlus Two‚Äô student of Mundur Higher Secondary School, hails from a poor family, already shown tremendous display of her endurance and will power to achieve laurels in the national and international arena in recent times.
She won two cars back-to-back while adjudged ‚Äėbest athlete‚Äô during the National School Games at Etawah earlier this year and Kerala State Schools Athletics championship at Kochi, last month.¬†¬†Besides this she garnered gold medals in all the distance running events she took part in Asian Schools Athletics championship at Kuantan (Malaysia) and SAF junior athletics championships at Ranchi.¬†¬†¬†With both Asian and World junior championships scheduled next year, Chitra will be more on the news in 2014 and expected to bring home a medal or two from the global arena.
Another young athlete who caught the eye for her record-breaking spree is the 13-year-old Gayathry Sivakumar.  Already holding the national mark for girls’ under-14 category in high jump with her 1.59m clearance during the National Inter-Zone championships at Kochi this year, she made an easy sail over 1.55m for the first meet mark of the day.  There was a long gap after Bobby Aloysius retired from the national scene by the Kerala high jumpers.  It would be a matter of time Gayathry emerge on the big stage in the coming years.
In the under-16 division, boys high jump and girls long jump events witnessed keen competition apart from the record performances mentioned above.  Maharashtra’s Anil Sahu locked with Tamil Nadu jumper Mohamed Akkiel as both cleared an identical 1.95m with the former declared as winner in the boys’ section.  TN star Priyadarshini took the top spot in long jump (5.63m) by just 1 cm from Rugma Udhayan of Kerala.
/ Ram. Murali Krishnan /  
Bengaluru (Bangalore) ‚Äď 27 November 2013
Athletics competitions for juniors have been conducted at the beginning for a single age category.  Boys and girls under the age of 16 took part along with seniors at the national inter-state championships in the late fifties.  Initially there had been 14 events for the boys and 10 for girls in those composite national meets of the initial period.  However the introduction of multiple age-groups and the increasing number of junior athletes taken part at the national level have prompted the Athletics Federation of India to introduce a separate Junior Nationals in 1986 at Hissar, Haryana.
The 29th edition of the junior national athletics championships will be held at Bengauru (Bangalore), Karnataka, from December 3 to 7 this year.  Around 2,000 athletes from across the country are expected to take part in eight age-groups, four for boys and an equal number for the girls.  There will be 125 events to be contested in the five day meet at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, located at the heart of the city in the Karnataka state capital.
Athletes who excelled in the Bengaluru meet will be selected for the national junior camps and thereafter to next year’s Asian junior championships in Chinese-Taipei and World junior championships at Eugene, United States.
Please find the tentative competition schedule for the above meet in the following link‚ÄĒ
/ AFI /
Junior Nationals postponed

New Delhi, 26 September 2013

The 29th National Junior Athletics Championships, which were originally scheduled to be held from 15 to 19 October 2013 at Bangalore, has been postponed due to elections in Karnataka Athletics Association.
According to C.K. Valson, Secretary-Athletics Federation of India, the above championships will now be held from 3 to 07 December 2013 at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore.

/ AFI /

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