Haryana athletes win overall c'ship
Haryana just about managed to prevail over Kerala by a wafer-thin one-point margin for the overall trophy in the three-day national junior federation cup athletics championships at Shri Shiv Chhatrapathi sports complex in Pune today.chandigarh Updated: May 10, 2012 21:45 IST
Haryana just about managed to prevail over Kerala by a wafer-thin one-point margin for the overall trophy in the three-day national junior federation cup athletics championships at Shri Shiv Chhatrapathi sports complex in Pune on Thursday.
Haryana secured 140 points while Kerala obtained 139 points. Maharashtra and Punjab were third and fourth with 98 and 80 points, respectively. Holders Tamil Nadu finished seventh.
Haryana also lifted the men's team trophy with 95 points as Maharashtra finished runners-up with 75 points. Uttar Pradesh were third with 45 points.
Kerala logged 106 points to annex the women's team trophy while West Bengal received runners-up trophy with 65 points. Haryana were third with 45 points.
As many as 13 new meet records, including five in women's division, were established.
Hosts Maharashtra once again hogged the limelight as Rahul Kumar Pal clocked a notable 29:49.80 to win the men's 10,000 metres for his distance double and secured a place in the Indian squad for the ensuing world junior championships at Barcelona, Spain, in July this year. Earlier, he had bagged the 5000 metres. In both events, he had set new meet records.
In the women's division similar distance double was achieved by Bengal girl Sahanara Khatun, who claimed both 3,000m and 5,000m golds with new meet records.
Maharashtra hurdler Durgesh Kumar Pal, silver medal in the Youth Olympic Games at Singapore in 2010 and a gold in the Commonwealth Youth Games at Douglas last year, clocked an incredible 51.26 seconds to eclipse the four-year-old meet mark (51.94) stood in the name of Kerala's Jithin Paul.
Teammate Satish Pasala was distant second in 53.15 seconds.
The Haryana boys made a clean sweep in the 400 metres run with Sachin Kumar clocking 47.59 seconds to gain the Barcelona qualification. The Bengal girl Priyanka Mondal timed a 55.81 in 400m and adjudged the best athlete among the junior women while the honour went to Durgesh Kumar Pal in the boys' U-20 section.
Odisha girl Purnima Hembram went home with a gold and record in the heptathlon. Seventeen boys in 11 events attained the qualification norms for the world junior championships. Ironically no girl athlete achieved it in this meet.