Athletics back on track with three new meet records at junior Fed Cup

Haryana’s Yashvir Singh bettered Neeraj Chopra’s six-year-old mark in javelin throw. The 19-year-old had a best attempt of 78.68m to go past the seasoned Chopra (76.91m).

Yashvir Singh in action at the 18th National Federation Cup Junior (U-20) Athletics Championships on Monday.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Indian athletics is back on track with three new meet records on the opening day of the 18th National Federation Cup Junior (U-20) Athletics Championships here on Monday.

The first national level competition in track and field since the COVID-19-induced lockdown in March 2020 had the best possible start with Haryana’s Yashvir Singh bettering Neeraj Chopra’s six-year-old mark in javelin throw. The 19-year-old had a best attempt of 78.68m to go past Chopra’s 76.91m throw. All five of his valid throws went past 75m.

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Sunil Dawar of Madhya Pradesh and Ankita of Uttarakhand also entered the record books. The 18-year-old Ankita completed the 5000m in 16:37.90 to retain the title she won in 2019; this time by lowering Suman Rani’s 2018 record of 17:02.67. She completed a personal double by adding the 1500m gold in 4:27.54.

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Dawar, meanwhile, won the 1500m in 3:48.54, improving on the old meet record of 3:51.16 by Shashi Bhushan Singh in 2015.

The results:

Men

100m: 1. Saurabh Rajesh Naitam (Mah, 10.51s), 2. Abhin B Devadiga (Kar, 10.54), 3. Aaditya Tomar (UP, 10.89); 1500m: 1. Sunil Dawar (MP, 3:48.54), 2. Sree Kiran (TN, 3:55.17), 3. Mohammed Nur Hasan (UP, 3:55.21); 10000m: 1. M Sathish Kumar (TN, 30:17.47), 2. Sushant Manohar Jedhe (Mah, 31:22.14), 3. Amaresh Kumar Prajapat (Del, 31:23.96); Javelin Throw: 1. Yashvir Singh (Har, 78.68m), 2. Jay Kumar (UP, 72.29), 3. Kunwar Ajai Raj Singh Rai (Pun, 66.38).

Women

100m: 1. Taranjeet Kaur (Del, 11.70s), 2. Anjali PD Dileesh (Ker, 11.88), 3. Sudeshna Hanmant Shiva (Mah, 11.91); 1500m: 1. Ankita (Utk, 4:27.54), 2. Pooja (Har, 4:28.61), 3. Megha (Har, 4:44.75); 5000m: 1. Ankita (Utk, 16:37.90), 2. Chatru Gumnaram (Raj, 17:06.03), 3. Supriti Kachhap (Jha, 17:08.30); High Jump: 1. Tanu (Har, 1.66m), 2. Kevinaa Ashwine Annavi (TN, 1.63), 3. Sphurti Subhash Mane (Mah, 1.60); Shot Put: 1. Rekha (Har, 14.14m), 2. Kavita Kumari (Raj, 13.23), 3. Simranjeet Kaur (Del, 12.53).

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