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Rookies shine on unproductive day

As the second day of the 51st Open National Athletics Championships came to an end on a disappointing note with no record toppled or Olympic qualification berth achieved, two 19-year olds — one from Punjab and the other from Haryana — spawned hope.

india Updated: Sep 11, 2011 23:56 IST
HT Correspondent

As the second day of the 51st Open National Athletics Championships came to an end on a disappointing note with no record toppled or Olympic qualification berth achieved, two 19-year olds — one from Punjab and the other from Haryana — spawned hope.

Punjab's junior athlete Arpinder Singh took the men's triple jump gold as the national camp's Ukrainian coach Evgeniy Shvilli anxiously looked on. A distance of 16.63m in his final jump got Arpinder the top spot but it was shy of the B qualification mark of 16.85m.

All eyes at the triple jump pit were on Renjith Maheshwari (personal best 17.1 metres) to achieve qualification here. Even the Athletics Federation of India director and chairman of the technical committee, ML Dogra, was pinning hopes on the Railways athlete to qualify, but Maheshwari finished outside the medals bracket with a disappointing 15.99.

At the adjacent Yuba Bharati Krirangan, the proceedings began with a Haryana junior emerging the fastest in the competition. Clocking 10.6, Manish left big names like Abdul N Qureshi and Rahmatullah Mollah way behind. BG Nagraj and GN Bopanna finished second and third, respectively, with 10.67 (photo finish).