Bengal reigns supreme

The East Zone junior athletics meet, held at the Reserve Police Ground in Cuttack, on August 23 and 24, was conducted on rain-affected grass track, full of muck, and the surface was slippery as well. It was not at all conducive for track and field action. Yet, the 550-odd juniors put up a brave show without a word of dissent.

Shilpi Dhali of Bengal picked up all the sprint gold medals in the girls' under-20 group. -- Pic. ASHOKE CHAKRABARTY-

The Orissa Amateur Athletic Association (OAAA) conducted some of the track events even after 6 p.m. on both days with only a few spotlights to assist.

The diminutive 19-year-old sprinter Shilpi Dhali of Bengal was the cynosure of all eyes emerging the lone athlete to pick up the sprint gold medals in the junior under-20 group for girls. In the process Shilpi, from North 24 Parganas of Bengal, also became the fastest woman of the meet taking the 100m gold in 12.3 seconds. The honour in the boys' section went to Rahamatulla Mollah, also of Bengal. An under-18 group sprinter, Mollah clocked 11.1s, .3 seconds less than the under-20 winner Bhim Chandra Mardi of Jharkhand's time of 11.4s. Mollah also won the 200m gold.

There were a number of double gold medallists. National camper Pinky Pramanik of Bengal won 400 and 800m in the girls' U-18 group as Jharkhand's Pankan Kumari captured the sprint double in the same age group. Another Bengal girl, Tuli Deshmukh won the 400m hurdles and triple jump gold medals in under-18 girls' section, while Bengal's Nasima Khatun won a distance double in under-20 section (3,000 and 10,000m) while another Bengal girl Jhuma Khatun picked up the 800 and 2,000m gold medals in the under-16 group. Shafina Khatun of Bengal won the long jump and pentathlon in girls' under-16 section.

The events were conducted on rain-affected grass track, full of muck, and the surface was slippery as well. — Pic. ASHOKE CHAKRABARTY-

Anmol Ratan Tete of Jharkhand won the 200 and 400m gold medals in the junior men's (under-20) group while Budhuram Singh of Orissa won 100m long jump gold medals in under-16 category. Lakhan Mardi of Jharkhand picked up 400m and 800m gold in boys' under-16 group while Sunaram Tiria of Orissa won the 5,000m and 2,000m steeplechase in boys' under-18 section.

The results (all winners):

Boys (under-20): 100m: Bhim Ch. Mardi (Jha) 11.4s. 200m: Anmol Ratan Tete (Jha) 22.6s. 400: Anmol Ratan Tete (Jha) 50.2s. 800: Birendra Singh (Ori) 2:01.4s. 1,500m: Surjan Xalxo (Ori) 4:12.7s. 5,000m: Biswajit Das (Ben) 16:03.6s. 10,000m: Dilip Kumar (Bih) 34:45.3s. 110m hurdles: Subhra Sarkar (Beng0 16.2s. 400m: hurdles: Someshwar (Jha) 58.2s. Long jump: Manas Ranjan Soren 9Ori) 6.89m. Triple jump: Amit Bera (Ben) 14.00m. Shot put: Vikrant Shankar Jha (Jhar) 13.38m. Discus: Mithlesh Kumar (Jha) 39.72m. Hammer: Ramesh Jha (Jha) 51.29m. Javelin: Paragjyoti Baishya (Asm) 57.04m. Decathlon: Rampani Singh (Jha) 4,452 pts. 4x100m relay: Orissa 45.2s. 4x400m relay: Orissa 3:27.2s.

Uder-18: 100m: Rahamatulla Mollah (Ben) 11.1s. 200m: Rahamatulla Mollah (Ben) 23.1s. 400m: 1. Ganesh Mahato (Jha) 51.1s. 800m: Sunaram Tiia (Ori) 2:02.8s. 1,500m: Sanjeev Kumar (Jha) 4:12.2s. 5,000m: Sanjeev Kumar (Jha) 16:26.9s. 2,000m stteplechase: Sunaram Tiria (Ori) 6:27.7s. 110m hurdles: Md. Wasim (Jha) 16.0s. High jump: Kamaljeet Singh (Jha) 1.84m. Long jump: Pranjit Das (Asm) 6.61m. Triple jump: Abhishek Kumar Rathor (Bih) 13.67m. Shot put: Santosh Mishra (Jha) 13.67m. Discus: Shashi Ranjan Kumar (Jha) 41.11m. Hameer: Chandan Chandra Jha (Jha) 43.75m. Javelin: Vijay Purty (Jha) 52.40m. 4x100m relay: Bengal 45.3s. 4x400m elay: Jharkhand 3:31.9s. Octathlon: Amit Kumar Sigh (Bih) 3,902 pits.

Under-16: 100m: Budhuram Singh (Ori) 11.6s. 400m: Lakhan Mardi (Jha) 52.2s. 800m: Lakhan Mardi (Jha) 2:04.2s. 2,000m: 1. Amjad Mallick (Jha) 6:06.7s. 100m hurdles: Tanka Roy (Ben) 14.2s. High jump: Dipankar Mondal (Ben) 1.80m. Long jump: Budhuram Singh (Or) 6.74m. Shot put: Durgesh Kumar (Jha) 12.84m. Discus: Pankaj Kumar Yadav (Jha) 35.41m. Hammer: Prakash Singh (Bih) 42.57m. Javelin: Pradeep Kumar (Bih) 44.36m. Medley relay: Jharkhand 2:06.2s. Pentathlon: Baburao Haika (Ori) 3,564 pts. 5 km walk: M. Dungdung Meetai (Mani) 25.43.8s.

Under-14: Triathlon, group I: Dipankar Roy (Ben) 2,091 pts. Group II: Kedar Banebor (Ori) 1,790. Group III: Ramachandra Mahakud (Ori) 2,144.

Girls (under-20): 100m: Shilpi Dhali (Ben) 25.1s. 400m: Shilpi Dhali (Ben) 57.8s. 800m: Sima Mazumdar (Ben) 2:21.5s. 1,500m: Lucky Roy (Meg) 5:04.8s. 3,000m: Nasima Khatun (Ben) 10:44.9s. 10,000: Nasima Khatun (Ben) 39:18.9s. 100m hurdles: Sushmita Singha Roy (Ben) 16.1s. 400m hurdles: Ruma Biswas (Ben) 1:07.8s. High Jump: Mallika Mondal (Ben) 1.62m. Shot put: Chhabi Ghosh (Ben) 10.41m. Discus: Esan Pomung (Asm) 31.55m. Javellin: Kalyani Chetia (Asm) 36.00m. 4x100m relay: Bengal 51.2s. 4x400m relay: Bengal 4:06.0s. 10 km walk: L. Sarda Devi (Mani) 1:02:38.3s.

Under-18: 100m: Pankan Kumari (Jha) 12.8s. 200m: Pankan Kumari (Jha) 26.00s. 400m: Pinky Pramanik (Ben) 55.2s. 800m: Pinky Pramanik (Ben) 2:15.0s. 1,500m: Pratima Tudu (Ben) 5:03.8s. 3,000m: Nilam Monika Tigga (Jha) 11:12.8s. 100m hurdles: Monalisa Bora (Asm) 15.9s. 400m hurdles: Tuli Deshmukh (Ben) 1:08.4s. High jump: Shanti Burman (Ben) 1.50m. Long jump: Jasminara Khanun (Ben) 4.84. Triple jump: Tuli Deshmukh (Ben) 11.14. Shot put: Sreya Chakraborty (Ben) 9.98m. Discus: Dipali Ghosh (Ben) 30.19m. Hammer: Th. Chaobi Devi (Mani) 39.10m. Javelin: Ranjita Xess (Ori) 34,34m. 4x100m relay: Bengal 51.5s. 4x400m relay: Bengal 4:07.3s.

Under-16: 100m: Argina Khatun (Ben) 13.2s. 400m: Rani Das (Ben) 1:02.0s. 800m: Jhuma Khatun (Ben) 2:25.0s. 2,000m: Jhuma Khatun (Ben) 6:57.2s. 100m hurdles: Srejoshi Das (Ben) 17.1s. High jump: Sibani Bhumit (Ben) 1.48m. Long jump: Safina Khatun (Ben) 5.04m. Shot put: Suparna Ghos (ben) 9.25m. Discus: Parbati Roy (Ben) 27.35. Javelin: Pramila Kangadi (Ori) 29.95m. Madley relay: Bengal 2.30.7s. Pentathlon: Safina Khatun (Ben) 2,449 pts. 3 km walk: Th. Thoitho Chanu (Mani) 18:27.3s.

Under-14: Triathlon, group I: Labina Khatun (Ben) 1,211 pts. Group II: Sarbani Nanda (Ori) 887 pts. Group III: Jauna Murmu (Ori) 1,365 pts.

Overall championship: 1. Bengal 570 points, 2. Orissa 442, 3. Jharkhand 360.

S. Sabanayakan