National Athletics: Davinder disappoints, Thingalaya wins

Davinder Singh won the gold with an unimpressive throw of 75.12. Siddhanth Thingalaya won the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.06s.

Davinder Singh in action at the 57th National Athletics Open Championship in Chennai on Tuesday.   -  M. Vedhan

All eyes were on Davinder Singh Kang of Services at the 57th National Open athletics championship here on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old made headlines when he became the first Indian to reach the World Championships javelin final last month. He then claimed that he was throwing the javelin to a distance of 80-83m. prior to the Nationals during training, notwithstanding the recurrent pain in the right shoulder. On the D-Day, Davinder produced a poor 75.12 to win the gold.

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“Certainly, I am not happy. There was too much pain in the shoulder. I will train with the foreign coach Uwe Hohn next month in Patiala. He (Uwe) said, ‘I have the capacity to do much better’,” he said.

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Earlier, Siddanth Thingalaya of ONGC won the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.06seconds. The 28-year-old, who holds the National and the meet records, couldn’t perform anywhere close to his best, but won the race comfortably, with Akhil Johnson of Services finishing second with a time of 14.20s.

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On a day when there were no notable performances, Shamsheer of Railways did a world of good for himself in the men’s long jump with a personal best effort of 7.74m. The 23-year-old, a resident of Mangalore, started with 7.43m and then improved to 7.59m. He followed it up with a foul before making his jump of 7.74m. Naturally, he was thrilled. “I can’t believe that I have done it. All thanks to jumps coach Bedros Bedrosian,” said Shamsheer.

The results:

Men: 110m H: 1. Siddanth Thingalaya (ONGC) 14.06s, 2. Akhil Johnson (Services) 14.20s, 3. A. Suresh (Railways) 14.23s; Long jump: 1. S.E. Shamsheer (Railways) 7.74m, 2. Sahil Mahabali (Haryana) 7.56m, 3. M. Silambarasan (Services) 7.53m; 100m: Md. Sadath (Services) 10.57s, Elakkiyadasan (TN) 10.57s, Vidya Sagar (Services) 10.60s; Javelin Throw: Davinder Singh Kang (Services) 75.12m, 2. Abhishek Singh (Services) 74.19m, 3. Sunil Bishnoi (Punjab) 74.03m.; 400m: Jithu Baby (Services) 47.08s, 2. Mohan Kumar (ONGC) 47.17s, 3. Ravinder (Haryana) 47.26s; 1500m: 1. Ajay Saroj (Railways) 3:41:93s, 2. Md. Afsal (Services) 3:46:48s, 3. Bir Singh (Haryana) 3:47:95s.

Women: 100m H: 1. Purnima Hembram (Railways) 13.89s, 2. Anurupa Kumari (Jharkhand) 13.98s, 3. Somiya (Railways) 14.32s. Shot put: Navjeet Kaur (Railways) 15.23m, 2. Kachnar Chaudhary (ONGC) 14.11m, 3. Rakhi Sangwan (Haryana) 13.76m.; 100m: 1. S. Archana (TN) 11.78s, 2. Chandra Lekha (TN) 11.92s, 3. Prajna S Prakash (Karnataka) 11.92s; 400m: 1. Soniya Baisya (West Bengal) 53.98, 2. G.K. Vijayakumari (Karnataka) 54.14s, 3. Jauna Murmu (ONGC) 54.50s.; 1500m: 1. Archana (Maharashtra) 4:18:64s, 2. Monika Chaudhary (Railways) 4:19:15s, 3. Pramila Yadav (Railways) 4:27:39s.

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