Lokesh produces personal best, qualifies for under-20 Worlds

S. Lokesh won the boys long jump gold and qualified for this year’s under-20 World championships.

S. Lokesh in action.

S. Lokesh qualified for this year’s under-20 Worlds with a personal best 7.74m while winning the boys long jump gold at the South Asian junior athletics championships which began in Colombo on Saturday.

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The 19-year-old Bengaluru youngster, who trains under Romanian coach Bedros Bedrosian in Thiruvananthapuram, was more than 30cms better than his previous best which came in Guntur late last year.

India had a rich haul and was on top of the medals table after the opening day’s events.

The results (gold medallists and Indians only):

Boys: 400m: 1. S. Aruna Darshana (Sri) 46.55s MR, OR 48.24; 4. Rajesh Ramesh (Ind) 48.00.

1500m: 1. Ankit (Ind) 3:53.45s, 2. Ajit Kumar (Ind) 3:53.45.

110m hurdles: 1. Kunal Choudhary (Ind) 14.50s, 2. C. Mohammed Fais (Ind) 14.55.

Long jump: 1. S. Lokesh (Ind) 7.74m MR, OR 7.41; 2. Rishabh Rishishwar (Ind) 7.43.

High jump: 1. S.A. Tharindu Dasun (Sri) 2.04m, 2. Gurjeet Singh (Ind) 2.00.

Javelin throw: 1. Arshdeep Singh (Ind) 71.47m MR, OR 67.63.

Discus throw: 1. Ajay (Ind) 50.11m, 3. Ashish Bhalothia (Ind) 46.52.

Girls: 100m: 1. D.T. Amasha de Silva (Sri) 11.92s MR, OR 12.15; 2. Chaitrali Gujar (Ind) 12.24, 5. Vijaya Kumari (Ind) 12.41.

400m: 1. Shayamali Kumarasinghe (Sri) 54.47m MR, OR 56.32, 2. Subha Venkatesan (Ind) 55.18, 3. Rachna Gujar (Ind) 55.70.

1500m: 1. Durga Pramod Deore (Ind) 4:31.38s MR, OR 4:32.13, 2. Poonam Sonune (Ind) 4:36.65.

4x100m relay: 1. Sri Lanka (46.23s), 2. India (46.81).

100m hurdles: 1. Sapna Kumari (Ind) 14.19s MR, OR 14.54; 2. Pragyan Prasant Sahu (Ind) 14.98.

Long jump: 1. Punitha Ramasamy (Ind) 5.95m.

Shot put: 1. Kiran Baliyan (Ind) 14.77m MR, OR 13.76, 2. Anamika Das (Ind) 14.54 BR.