National Athletics: Sreejithmon bags triple jump gold

Sreejithmon of Kerala upstaged Renjith Maheshwary and Arpinder Singh to claim the triple jump gold.

Sreejithmon of Kerala during his victory in the men's triple jump event of the 57th National Open Athletics Championship at Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Thursday.   -  M. Vedhan

 

An unheralded Sreejithmon of Kerala upstaged big names Renjith Maheshwary and Arpinder Singh to claim the triple jump gold with a leap of 16.15m on the fourth and final day of the 57th National Open athletics championships at the Nehru Stadium here on Thursday. Arpinder, the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist (16.06) and Renjith, the national record holder (16.00), finished second and fourth respectively.

Report: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4

Coached by M.A. George in Thiruvananthapuram, Sreejithmon started with 15.77m and made the gold medal jump in his third attempt. The reigning All-India inter-university champion and record holder is without a job and he hopes that his effort in Chennai will help him fetch one. After the third jump, one of his shoes got torn but he continued to do the next three jumps with the same shoe as he didn’t have a replacement. Watching the competition, Bedros Bedrosian, India’s jumps coach, said he will definitely include Sreejithmon in the national camp in Thiruvananthapuram.

Railways (296 points) bagged the overall championship while Services (182) came second. Services and Railways won the men’s and women’s titles respectively.

The results

Men: 200m: Vidya Sagar (Ser) 21.46s, 2. Parveen (Har) 21.49, 3. K. Ashok (Ser) 21.53; 800m: Ajay Saroj (Rlys) 1:49.05, 2. Md. Afsal (Ser) 1:49.16, 3. Vishamber Kolekar (Rlys) 1:50.18; 10,000m: 1. G. Lakshmanan (Ser) 29:16.21, 2. Vasudev Nishad (Rlys) 29:32.77, 3. Suresh Kumar (ONGC) 29:45.41; Hammer throw: 1. Niraj Kumar (Ser) 65.42m, 2. Ashish Jakhar (Har) 64.00, 3. Sukhdev Singh (Rlys) 63.38m; Triple jump: K. Sreejithmon (Ker) 16.15m, 2. Arpinder Singh (ONGC) 16.06, 2. Rakesh Babu (Ser) 16.06; 4x100m relay: 1. Services (Satnam Singh, Vinit Panwar, Vidya Sagar, Md. Sadath) 40.17, 2. TN (Surendhar, Elakkiyadasan, Sivakumar, P. Kumar) 40.94, 3. All India Police Sports Board (Saman Pradhan, Mewa Singh, Vipin Kumar, Punniya Suriyan) 41.08; 4x400m relay: 1. Haryana (Aman Auluck, Manjeet, Ravinder, Ravi Kumar) 3:10.55, 2. Andhra Pradesh (Jidian George, Eusup Ali, Angaraj Singh, Diwakar Davas) 3:11.74, 3. Uttar Pradesh (Harsh Kumar, Harsh Panwar, Sanjeev Sheokand, Sumit Kumar) 3:13.32.

Women: 200m: 1. Hima Das (Asm) 24.26, 2. S. Archana (TN) 24.33, 3.Anwesha Roy Pradhan (West Bengal) 24.56; 800m: Lili Das (Rlys) 2:04.51, 2. Sipra Sarkar (West Bengal) 2:05.85, 3. Komal Chaudhary (Rlys) 2:06.45; 20km walk: 1. Priyanka (ONGC) 1:40:43.00, 2. Ravina (Har) 1:43:39.00, 3. L. Deepmala Devi (Rlys) 1:43:50.00; 10,000m: L. Surya (Rlys) 32:42.62, 2. Parul Chaudhary (Rlys) 33:43.07, 3. Saigeeta Naik (All India Police Sports Board) 34:54.93; Discus throw: Kamalpreet Kaur (Rlys) 54.25m, 2. Navjeet Kaur (Rlys) 53.20, 3. Baljit Kaur (All India Police Sports Board) 45.95; 4x100m relay: 1. Karnataka (Apsana Begaum, Prajna S. Prakash, M. G. Padmini, H. M. Jyothi) 46.28s, 2. Railways (Sunanda Sarkar, Akila, S. Priyanka Kalagi, Himashree Roy) 46.48, 3. TN (A.P. Srija, Chandra Lekha, Kanimozhi, S. Archana) 46.66; 4x400m relay: 1. ONGC (Jauna Murmu, Rajni Nagar, Twinkle Chaudhary, Poovamma) 3:38.81, 2. Railways (Chavi Sharavath, K.P. Ammu, Sonal Chawla, M. Arpitha) 3:40.13, 3. Karnataka (Apsana Begaum, P.J. Sneha, A. Nithyashree, G.K. Vijayakumari) 3:42.67.

Best athletes: T. Santhosh Kumar, 400mH (TN, 1122 pts) & Chinta Yadav, 3000m steeplechase (Rlys, 1121) ;

Men’s championship: 1. Services (182), 2. Rlys (100);

Women’s championship: 1. Rlys (196), 2. Kar (55).

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