Priyanka Kerketta sets national junior record

Priyanka Kerketta of Jharkhand jumped a record 6.30 metres the junior girls section of the 15th Federation Cup junior athletics championship at the PAC Athletics Stadium here on Saturday.

File picture of Priyanka Kerketta.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Priyanka Kerketta of Jharkhand jumped a record 6.30 metres the junior girls section of the 15th Federation Cup junior athletics championship at the PAC Athletics Stadium here on Saturday.

The 18-year-old Priyanka had only three valid jumps out of six, but jumped the previous national junor record of 6.25 set by Ruta Patkar in Mumbai in 2002. Priyanka had jumps of 6.27, 6.23 and 6.30 on her second, fourth and fifth attempts while she fouled the other three.

Close on the heels of Nayana James jumping an impressive 6.55 metres in the Federation Cup recently in Patiala, the women long jumpers suddenly seem to have been inspired by the country’s only World Championship medallist Anju Bobby George who set the national record 6.83 metres in the Athens Olympics in 2004.

Svan Barwal did a commendable job of winning the 1500 metres silver in the evening, after having clinched the 5000 metres bronze in the morning. Manjeet Singh (1500m) and Abhishek Pal (5000m) had won the gold.

The results:

Junior boys

100m: 1. Nuzrat 10.88; 2. Amlan Borgohain 10.98; 3. Rejaul Molla 10.99.

1500m: 1. Manjeet Singh 4:00.22; 2. Savan Barwal 4:00.94; 3. Yogesh Gonal 4:01.18.

5000m: 1. Abhishek Pal 14:35.70; 2. Gurpreet 14:36.54; 3. Savan Barwal 14:36.82.

Shot put: 1. Karanveer 17.80; 2. Sahib Singh 17.16; 3. Ashish Bhalotia 17.00.

Junior girls:

100m: 1. G. Nithya 12.19; 2. Diandra Valladares 12.33; 3. K. Ramalakshmi 12.34.

1500m: 1. Nandini Gupta 4:42.51; 2. Durga Deore 4:44.84; 3. Manisha

Thakur 4:45.17.

3000m: 1. Kavita Yadav 9:54.98; 2. Savita Pal 9:56.48; 3. Poonam

Sonune 10:03.76.

Long jump: 1. Priyanka Kerketta 6.30 (NR, old 6.25, Ruta Patkar, Mumbai, 2002); 2. Deepanshi Singh 5.80; 3. Renu 5.79.

Discus throw: 1. Suravi Biswas 45.83; 2. Ekta 41.19; 3. Arpandeep Bajwa 40.72.

Javelin throw: 1. Sanjana Choudhary 45.93; 2. Alka Singh 44.16; 3. Monika 43.40.

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