National Cycling: Karnataka dominates on day three

The day belonged to cyclists from Karnataka, which won three gold medals that enabled the State to climb to third position in points table with 20 points. Kerala continues to lead the table with 42 points followed by Manipur on 30 points.

Amrutha Reghunath of Kerala who set a new record in the 2000m individual pursuit in under-18 girl's category.

A spate of records in junior and sub-junior categories enlivened the proceedings on the third day of the 69th senior, 46th junior and 32nd sub-junior National Track cycling championship at the LNCPE Velodrome here on Friday.

However, the day belonged to cyclists from Karnataka, which won three gold medals that enabled the State to climb to third position in points table with 20 points. Kerala continues to lead the table with 42 points followed by Manipur on 30 points.

After lying low for two days, Karnataka cyclists came to fore by accounting for three of the six records that were set on the day. Raju Bati and Danamma Chinchakhandi erased nine-year-old records from the books. Raju Bati of Karnataka broke Jagadeep Singh’s record in 3000m individual pursuit event in the boy’s under-18 category. Raju clocked 3:44.945 to improve the old mark (3:47.478) set in 2007. Danamma Chinchakhandi (Karnataka) broke Kezia Varghese mark in the 2000m individual pursuit in girl’s under-16 category. Danamma clocked 2:52.866 to break Kezia’s record, which stood at 2:57.310 seconds. Venkappa Kengalagutti (Karnataka) broke Sachin Desai’s mark in the 2000m individual pursuit in boy’s under-16 category.

Asia Cup gold medallist Amritha Reghunath gave something for the host to cheer for after setting a new mark in the 2000m individual pursuit in girl’s under-18 category. Amritha clocked 2:46.935s to better T. Bidyaluxmi’s old mark (2:52.074), set in 2013.

Priyanka Jadhav (Maharashtra) in 2000m individual pursuit in girl’s under-14 and Mann Singh Chandi (Rajasthan) in 2000m individual pursuit in boy’s under-14 section were the day’s other record breakers.

Even on the third day of the competition, the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) has not made an appearance at the venue. Sudheesh Kumar, the Kerala Cycling Secretary, said the agency was informed beforehand about the meet and he was yet to hear from them about their arrival.

The results: Men: 4000m Individual pursuit: 1. Manjeet Singh (SSCB) (4:56.725), 2. Manohar Lal (RSPB), 3. P.R. Bisnoi (SSCB).

Boys: Under-18: 3000m Individual pursuit: 1. Raju Bati (Karnataka) (3:44.945 - NMR; OR - 3:47.478, Jagdeep Singh, Punjab, 2007), 2. Sachin Desai (Maharashtra), 3. Dev Kishan Saran (Rajasthan).

Under-16: 2000m Individual pursuit: 1. Venkappa Kengalagutti (Karnataka) (2:28.725 - NMR; OR - 2:31.207, Sachin Desai, Maharashtra, 2015), 2. Niman Kapil (Punjab), 3. Mann Singh Chandi (Rajasthan).

Under-14: 1. Mann Singh Chandi (Rajasthan) (2:34.204 - NMR; OR - 2:36.225, Mann Singh Chandi, Rajasathan, 2015), 2. Elangbam Lanchenba (Manipur), 3. Ronaldo Laitonjam (Manipur).

Girls: under-18: 2000m Individual pursuit: 1. Amrita Reghunath (Kerala) (2:46.935 -NMR; OR - 2:52.074, T.Bidyaluxmi, Manipur, 2013), 2. Pardeep Kaur (Punjab), 3. Megha Gugad (Karnataka).

Under-16: 2000m Individual pursuit: 1. Danamma Chinchakhandi (Karnataka) (2:52.866 - NMR; OR - 2:57.310, Kezia Varghese, Kerala, 2007), 2. N. Anitha (MP), 3. Bristi Kong Kona Gogoi (Assam).

Under-14: 2000m Indiviual pursuit: 1. Priyanka Jadhav (Maharashtra) (3:01.901 - NMR; OR - 3:11.360, Danamma Chinchakhandi, Karnataka, 2015), 2. M. Anagha (Kerala), 3. Chayanika Gogoi (Assam).