Athletes from the Railways are inching close to trophy in the women’s group, while SSCB (Services Sports Control Board) is strengthening its fortress in the men’s section in the ongoing 62nd National Open Athletics Championships here at Kanteerava Stadium.
On Friday, the third day of the competition, the Railways team won four gold medals in the women’s section.
International distance runner Anikta representing Railways was a comfortable winner in the women’s 5,000m race, while it was 1-2 for Railways in the women’s pole vault.
Discus thrower Nidhi picked up third gold for Railways team. The quartet of Florence Barla, Prachi, Sonia Baishya and Kiran Pahal clocked 3:37.82 seconds to win women’s 4x00m relay gold for the Railways.
Asian Games bronze medalist in women’s 400m hurdles, Vithya Ramraj, had a smooth sailing into the final. She is the fastest 400m hurdler this season with a time of 55.42 seconds. She is a strong contender for the gold here at the national meeting.
Haryana’s Jyothi was leading day-one of heptathlon having 3114 points in her kitty, while Sonu Kumari of Railways with 2919 was at second place.
International javelin thrower Manu DP representing SSCB was the only athlete to have crossed 80m in the preliminary round. His best throw was 80.97m. Punjab’s promising javelin thrower Kunwer Singh Rana is also among 12 in the final.
5000m: Murli Gavit (Gujarat) 14:08.49 secs, Gaurav Mathur (SSCB) 14:08.54 secs, Sachelal Patel (SSCB) 14:08.56 secs.
Long jump: David P (Tamil Nadu) 7.78m, Aditya Singh (Madhya Pradesh) 7.73m, Arya S (Karnataka) 7.65m.
High jump: Bharathi Viswanathan (SSCB) 2:18m, Gurjeet Singh (PSCB) 2:15m, Kaustubha Jaiswal ONGC) 2:10m.
Hammer throw: Taranveer Bains (SSCB) 66.41m, Niraj Kumar (SSCB) 66.39m, Ajay Kumar (Haryana) 65.63m.
Shot put: Sahib Singh (ONGC) 18.96m, Parth Lakra (Delhi) 18.18m, Abhilash Saxena (Railways) 17.95m.
4x400m relay: SSCB (Akshya Nain, Himanshu, Jidhin George and Angrej Singh) 3:08.08 seconds, Tamil Nadu 3:09.09, Rajasthan 3:09.85 secs.
5,000m: Ankita (Railways) 16:10.05 secs, Seema (Himachal Pradesh) 16:12.25, Drashtiben Chaudhri (Gujarat) 16:15.35 secs.
Pole vault: Pavithra Venkatesh (Railways) 4:05m, Baranica Elangovan (Railways) 4.00m, Mariya Jaison (Kerala) 3.80m.
Discus throw: Nidhi (Railways) 52.86m, Neetika Verma (Uttar Pradesh) 51.21m, Sandeep Kumari (Railways) 50.10m.
Triple jump: Mallala Anusha (Andhra Pradesh) 13.40m, Bhairabi Roy (Railways) 13.27m, Sharvari Parulekar (Maharashtra) 13.09m.
4x400m relay: Railway (Florence Barla, Prachi, Sonia Baishya and Kiran Pahal) 3:37.82 secs, Punjab 3:39.43 secs, Haryana 3:46.50 secs.