S SRIDHAR of South Zone set a new meet record in the 110m hurdles on Thursday in the All India LIC Sports Festival being organised at Tatya Tope Stadium. South Zone is leading in the meet with 15 medals including eight gold and three silvers.
After the meet record set by Amit Tyagi of North Zone in the discus throw event, the fourth day of the sports meet witnessed another record. Close contests were witnessed in the track and field events.
The day belonged to S Sridhar as he registered his name in the list of record holders of the meet. In the 110m hurdles, he set the record by completing the event in 15 seconds. He improved his timing by breaking his earlier record of 15.10 seconds.
B F Meranda of West Zone and P Senthan of South Zone stood second and third respectively in the same event. H Jaichandran of South Zone stood first in the 200m. Abhishek Pandey of North Central Zone and M Hashmi of Central Zone came second and third in the same event.
P S Priyamesh won gold for the South Zone in the 1500m event. Harish Tiwari of North Central Zone and Bhupendra Singh of Central Zone stood second and third in the same event.
In the women’s hammer throw, Alka Tiwari won gold for North Zone. Lalita Jairam of South Central Zone and Ritu Bhatia of North Zone came second and third.
Woman Grandmaster Swati Ghate maintained her lead in the chess event on the fourth day. At the end of the fifth round she was leading with five points. J P Shankhpal, Bindu, Sarita, Rajyalaxmi and Renuka Kumari are all placed second with four points each.
The men’s section witnessed close contests between International Master Sriram Jha, Atanu Lahri and D K Sharma. All of them have four points each.
The teams of West Zone and North Zone will clash for the title round of volleyball on Friday. In the first semifinal, East Zone were made to bite dust by West Zone. East Zone lost the match in straight sets 18-25, 19-25 and 09-25. North Zone defeated defending champion South Central Zone in the second semifinal 15-25, 25-20, 25-23 and 25-14.
P J Xavier of South Zone will take on N N Vinayak of South Central Zone in the final of the men’s badminton. In the women’s badminton final, defending champion Manju George put challenge to Rina Thapre on Friday. Finals of the men and women’s carrom will be played on the concluding day.
MD to be chief guest at closing ceremony
LIFE INSURANCE Corporation (LIC) Managing Director Thomas Mathew T will be the chief guest on the occasion of closing ceremony of LIC Sports Festival 2006-2007 on Friday in the State Capital. T
homas, who arrived here on late on Thursday evening, would distribute prizes to successful sportspersons on concluding of the festival, which started from January 8 at the T T Nagar Stadium. On Saturday he will address the Sr Divisional Managers of the Central Zone. Thomas Mathew, who was the Zonal Manager of the Western Zone of LIC, was also the Sr Divisional Manager in charge of three major divisions of LIC.