National Athletics: Kerala bags junior championships

Defending champion Kerala (429 pts) bounced back from a sticky situation to retain the title in the Sri Krishna 32nd National junior athletics championship, at the Nehru Stadium here on Monday.

It was Kerala's 22nd title and its fifth on the trot.   -  M. Periasamy

Defending champion Kerala (429 pts) bounced back from a sticky situation to retain the title in the Sri Krishna 32nd National junior athletics championship, at the Nehru Stadium here on Monday.

It was Kerala's 22nd title and its fifth on the trot. The host (413.5 pts), initially, looked to pull off a stunner as its athletes secured four gold medals in the morning session. B. Nithin, V. Revathi and R. Giridharani all finished on top in the 200m and even went on to complete a sweet double.

Srinidhi followed it up with a gold in the under-20 hammer to give the host a three-point edge at the halfway mark. But the post lunch session saw the Kerala athletes work that extra bit to keep the crown. Two meet records were also bettered on the final day. Haryana's Shankar edged out Asian youth champion Beant Singh for the gold and a new record in the youth boys' 800m. In the same age class, Delhi's Rajkumar stopped the clock at 6:02.69 for the record in the 2,000m steeplechase.

The results (final):

Boys: U-16: 200m: 1. Badal Shokeen (Del) 22.17s, 2. C. Abhinav (Ker) 22.56, 3. Atul (Har) 22.69.

800m: 1. M. Abishek (Ker) 1:56.32s, 2. V. Kashvir (Guj) 1:56.34, 3. Anu Kumar (Utk) 1:56.74.

U-18: 200m: 1. B. Nithin (TN) 21.69s, 2. Amit Kumar Yadav (Jha) 21.78, 3. T.V. Akhil (Ker) 22.18.

800m: 1. Shankar (Har) 1:52.59s, 2. Beant Singh (Har) 1:52.95, 3. Nitin (Del) 1:53.24.

3,000m: 1. Ajit Kumar (Guj) 8:29.79s, 2. Gurpreet (Har) 8:34.75, 3. Rakesh Mandal (Uttk) 8:42.80.

Triple jump: 1. Tejaswin Shankar (Del) 15.21m, 2. K. Kamalraj (TN) 14.91, Tushar Chhibeer (Del) 14.35.

2,000m steeplechase: 1. Raj Kumar (Del) 6:02.69s, 2. Aswin Antony (Ker) 6:03.07, 3. Akhilendra Singh (UP) 6:05.07.

Junior men: U-20: 200m: 1. Manish (Kar) 21.49s, 2. P. Akash (TN) 21.66, 3. Mohammed (Ker) 21.73.

800m: 1. Amol Jacob (Del) 1:52.96, 2. Parvesh 1:53.78, 3. A. Jeeva (TN) 1:54.63.

10,000m: 1. Murli Gavit (Guj) 131:19.37s, 2. P.A. Sanjay Kumar (Pud) 31:20.30s, 3. Arjun Kumar (UP) 31:23.89.

Triple jump: 1. Sanal Scaria (Ker) 15.43m, 2. Ramdev Tigg (Har) 15.27, 3. A.M. Rohit (TN) 15.14.

3,000m steeplechase: 1. Hari B. Singh (UP) 9:20.93s, 2. Vicky Tomar (Del) 9:23.56, 3. Bibin George (Ker) 9:27.44.

4x400m: 1. Tamil Nadu A, (P. Sangamithran, C. Aakash Babu, K. Manikandan, P.Akash) 3:14.64s; 2. Haryana A 3:14.70, 3. Kerala A 3:15.46

Girls: U-16: 200m: 1. R. Giridharani (TN) 25.34s, 2. T. Soorya Mol (Ker) 25.69, 3. Tusya Megan (Kar) 25.72.

800m: 1. Pooja (Har) 2:15.66s, 2. U. Athulya (Ker) 2:6.40, 3. S. Sangita (Mah) 2:16.63.

U-18: 200m: 1. Rosalin Lewis (Mah) 25.04s, K. Ramalakshmi (TN) 25.37, V. Subha (TN) 25.42.

800m: 1. J. Gowthami (TN) 2:18.39s, 2. L. Samyasri (TN) 2:18.61s, 3. C. Ankita (Del) 2:19.29.

High jump: 1. Vanshika Sejwal (Del) 1.69m, 2. M. Jishna (Ker) 1.69, 3. Rekha (Har) 1.69.

Heptathlon: 1. S. Vanshika Sejwal (Del) 4508 pts, 2. A. Mohanan (Ker) 4204, 3. C. Druthi (Kar) 4147.

2,000m steeplechase: 1. Priyanka Kasana (Pun) 7:19.41, 2. Ashtha Ojha (UP) 7:36.38, 3. Nibiya Joseph (Ker) 7:45.18.

U-20: 200m: 1. V. Revathi (TN) 24.90s, 2. A. Roy Pradhan (WB) 25.08, 3. A. Chandralekha (TN) 25.14.

800m: 1. Lili Das (WB) 2:10.01, 2. K. Priya (TN) 2:11.15, 3. C. Babitha (Ker) 2:11.46.

3,000m: 1. Sudha Pal (UP) 10:07.68, 2. Pooja (Del) 10:10.61, 3. R. Jothi (TN) 10:15.80.

Hammer: 1. S. Srinithi (TN) 47.80m, 2. Manpreet Kaur (Pun) 47.08, 3. Laxay Sharma (Har) 46.82.

3,000m steeplechase: 1. Nandini Gupta (UP) 11:11.2s, 2. Priyanka Chaurkar (Mah) 11:24.5, 3. Khushbu Gupta (UP) 11:41.6.

4x400m: 1. Tamil Nadu A (M.Santhiya., K.Priya, D.Mariya Rasathi, M. Loganayaki) 3:50.60s; 2. Kerala A 3:51.45, 3. West Bengal A 4:00.72.

Overall champions (combined): 1. Kerala 429 pts; 2. Tamil Nadu 413.5.

Best athletes: Boys: U-14: Dhanveer Singh (Pun). U-16: Satywan (Har). U-18: Dipender Dabas (Har). Jr. Men: Naveen (Har).

Girls: U-14: D. Bhagya Lakshmi (Tel). U-16: Aparna Roy (Ker). U-18: G. Nithya (Tel). Jr. Women: M. Loganayaki (TN).