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Athletes go into fast lane, India do better than ever before

The deafening roar inside the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium urging M Prajusha to go for broke in her last jump did not yield the desired result. But despite the disappointment, she held on to the second spot as Sunday proved to be the most productive day for the hosts in the track and field events.

india Updated: Oct 11, 2010 00:12 IST
Abhijeet Kulkarni

The deafening roar inside the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium urging M Prajusha to go for broke in her last jump did not yield the desired result. But despite the disappointment, she held on to the second spot as Sunday proved to be the most productive day for the hosts in the track and field events.

India bagged two silver medals to add to their earlier tally of two bronze.

The medals also ensured that the Indians have now registered their best ever track and field medal haul in the Commonwealth Games. Prior to this, India had managed to win a maximum of two medals in 2002 and 2006 editions. Vikas Gowda had earlier won India's first silver medal in track and field when he hurled the discus to a season best distance of 63.69m in his second attempt.

Gowda did not have many happy memories of this venue as the 27-year-old had barely managed to cross the 54m

mark when he competed here in the Asian All Star event in July.

The US-based athlete erased that record with a warm up throw of 62.84m in the first attempt to take early lead and then registered his season best to ensure a silver medal.

Gowda, however, was never in the hunt for the gold with Australia's Benn Harradine registering a 64.73m throw in the second attempt and topping it with a 65.45 in the fourth.

"I was ashamed of the 54.39m against my name during the Asian All Star here. I have never thrown that bad in the last 10 years and I wanted to cross the 65m mark here," said Gowda, who had missed major part of the year due to injury and was making a comeback of sorts at the All Star meet.

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Prajusha shines

Prajusha was under no such pressure. The 23-year-old was on a high, having broken the triple jump national mark a few days ago and was leading the pack till the last round when eventual champion Alice Falaiye of Canada leapfrogged her with a 6.50m.

Prajusha, who has a personal best of 6.55m, jumped 6.47m in her fourth attempt and cleared 6.26m in the final.

High jumper Sahana Kumari recorded her season best jump of 1.83m but had to be content with a fourth-place finish while Tintu Luka stayed on course for a medal when she qualified for the women 800m final by winning her heat.