Gavit clocks second fastest ever in 10,000m, Hima clocks personal best

Gavit’s time of 28:43.43s was next only to Olympian Surendra Singh’s national record of 28:02.89s which came in Spain in 2008.

Hima Das clocked a personal best 23.22s while winning the women’s 200m in a meet at Gliwice. (File Photo)   -  AFP

Gavit Murali ran the second fastest 10,000m ever by an Indian while winning the gold at the Golden Spike athletics meet at Leiden, the Netherlands. Gavit’s time of 28:43.43s was next only to Olympian Surendra Singh’s national record of 28:02.89s which came in Spain in 2008.

The 21-year-old from Gujarat ran in the 2016 under-20 Worlds in Poland, finishing 19th. But, his chances of winning a medal at the Asian Games in the event looks tough as there are more than half dozen Asians who have been faster than him this season.

Incidentally, Surendra holds the three best 10,000 times by an Indian, many of which came on the road to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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ANAS, HIMA CLOCK PERSONAL BEST

Meanwhile, Assam’s Hima Das, who is part of the Indian athletes' team training in Poland for 2018’s Asian Games, clocked a personal best 23.22s while winning the women’s 200m in a meet at Gliwice in the same country.

Kerala’s Asian men’s champion quarter-miler Muhammed Anas also hit a life-best as he won the men’s 200m in 20.74s, while Tamil Nadu’s Arokia Rajiv won the 400m in 46.20s, with Jeevan Suresh (46.78), Muhammed Kunhu (47.01), Jithu Baby (47.31) taking the next three positions.

Arokia Rajiv also figured in the 100m and clocked 10.59s in the heats. In another notable result, Karnataka’s M.R. Poovamma produced her season-best time of 52.94s in the women’s 400m.

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Other Indian results (at Gliwice, Poland):

Men’s 400m hurdles: 2. Santhosh Kumar Tamilarasan (50.45s).

Women’s 400m hurdles ‘B’ race: 1. Sarita Gayakwad (57.83s).