Indian Grand Prix: Poovamma bags 400m gold

M. R. Poovamma clocked 52.66 seconds to beat Jisna Mathew.

M. R. Poovamma beat Jisna Mathew and Debashree Mazumdar   -  K. Murali Kumar

M. R. Poovamma clocked 52.66 seconds as she beat Jisna Mathew by one hundredth of a second for the women’s 400 metres gold in the second Indian Grand Prix athletics at the Nehru Stadium here on Thursday.

Arokia Rajiv won the men’s 400 metres, which was run in three different parts, with a time of 46.94. He could not get anywhere near the 45.50 mark to meet the qualification standard for the World Championship to be held in London in August.

World junior champion and record holder Neeraj Kumar threw the javelin to 80.49 metres for the gold, comfortably ahead of Abhishek Singh (74.65). The first throw was his best throw, as Neeraj followed up with 75.84, 77.81, 79.29, 79.93 and 79.01. Devender Singh, who had clinched the World Championship berth in the last meet in Patiala with a throw of 84.57 metres, did not compete.

The results:

Men:

100m: 1. Amiya Kumar Mallick 10.62; 2. Safikul Mondal 10.72; 3. Shalin 10.81.

400m: 1. Arokia Rajiv 46.94; 2. Amoj Jacob 47.07; 3. Sachin Roby 47.32.

3000m: 1. G. Lakshmanan 8:11.49; 2. Md. Yunus 8:12.36; 3. Naveen Kumar 8:14.57.

400m hurdles: 1. T. Santhosh Kumar 50.54; 2. MP Jabir 51.16; 3. Jithin Paul 51.30.

Long Jump: 1. Ankit Sharma 7.71; 2. SE Samsheer 7.63; 3. Baljidner Singh 7.33.

Triple jump: 1. Arpinder Singh 16.19; 2. Praveen 14.96.

Discus: 1. Baljinder Singh 53.47; 2. Mithra Varun 49.18; 3. Praveen Kumar Nehra 47.30.

Shot put: 1. Saurabh Vij 18.83; 2. Kulwinder Singh 17.38; 3. Jaspal Singh 16.48.

Javelin throw:1. Neeraj Chopra 80.49; 2. Abhishek Singh 74.65; 3.Samarjeet Singh 72.95.

Women:

100m: 1. Merlin Joseph 11.72; 2. Reena George 11.85; 3. Himashree Roy 11.92.

400m: 1. MR Poovamma 52.66; 2. Jisna Mathew 52.67; 3. Debashree Mazumdar 54.00.

1500m: 1. Chinta Yadav 4:29.95.

Long jump: 1. LIksy Joseph 6.24; 2. G. Karthika 6.07; 3. Purnima Hembram 6.01.

Discus: 1. Parbati Sethi 43.94.

Javelin throw: 1. Annu Rani 59.75; 2. K. Rashmi 47.38; 3. Runjun Pegu 44.14.

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