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Nandini Gupta breaks junior national mark in Fed Cup Junior athletics

Nandini Gupta won the steeple chase gold in the girls’ under-18 segment at the Fed Cup Junior athletics championship in Lucknow but her timing was not good enough to clear the qualifying mark for upcoming Asian and World Under-18 and Under-20 competitions

other sports Updated: Jun 12, 2017 21:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Indian athletics,Fed Cup junior athletics,Fed Cup athletics
Steeplechaser Nandini Gupta celebrates after breaking the national record at the Fed Cup Junior Athletics Championship in Lucknow on Monday.(Ritesh Yadav/HT Photo)

It was a day of mixed emotions for Uttar Pradesh’s steeplechaser Nandini Gupta as despite breaking the junior national record in the 15th Fed Cup Junior Athletics Championship in Lucknow on Monday, she couldn’t achieve the qualifying marks for upcoming international events, including the Under-18 and Under-20 World Championships.

Ghazipur’s Nandini clocked 10:53.91 seconds to erase the previous mark of 11 minutes:04.80 seconds set up in 2014 by Parul Chaudhary. The qualifying mark for Asian Youth Championship in Bangkok is 10:20.00 , while for the World Under-18 Championships, the qualifying time is 9:46.00. For the World Under-20 the standard is 9:42.00.

However, Nandini was elated as her gold-winning effort helped hosts Uttar Pradesh win the overall championship.

Nandini, along with Komal Jagadale (11:29.57) of Maharashtra and Astha Ojha (11:31.80 ) of Uttar Pradesh, who finished second and third, respectively, managed to finish faster than the meet record, erasing Madhya Pradesh athlete Safeeda’s mark of 11:34.62, which was set in Chennai in 2014.

“This week, we will be having the selection committee meeting to decide the fate of athletes for the three forthcoming international events,” Athletics Federation of India official PK Srivastava said.

Srivastava added that there was a possibility that the first two medal winners holders of the Fed Cup will be allowed to participate in the Asian Youth Championship as a team of around 40 athletes were due to go to Bangkok.

“We will have just 12 for the Commonwealth Youth Games at Bahamas in July, and 16-member team at the World Championship at Nairobi. Indian camp will take place at Patiala,” added Srivastava.

As expected, long distance runners of Uttar Pradesh dominated the final day of the championship.

Arjun Kumar clocked 31:00.35 to win the 10,000 m gold in boys category, pushing his state-mate Shyam (31:22.20) to the second spot. Delhi’s Vijay Rathi, with a timing of 31:57.55, finished third.

Kavita Yadav fetched second gold for the hosts earlier in the morning, winning the girls’ 5000 m gold, clocking 17:21.35. Punjab’s Suman Rani (17:48.28) and Gujarat’s Reena Patel (17:49.80 ) had to satisfy with silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Uttar Pradesh rounded off their medals tally in the three-day championship with a silver medal in the boys hammer throw as Alimuddin, with an effort of 63.02 metres, finished second. Pradeep Kumar of Rajasthan hurled the iron ball to a distance of 66.82m to win gold. Punjab’s Gurkirat Singh (62.58m) finished third.

First Published: Jun 12, 2017 21:12 IST