Surendra Singh creates new record, Kerala tops medal tally

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Bhopal, Sep 20 (UNI) Surendra Singh of Uttarakhand hogged the limelight, erasing a 14-year-old record in the men's 10,000m run in the 47st National Athletics Championship, which concluded at T T Nagar Stadium here today.

Surendra clocked 29:06:17 bettering the previous best of 29:26:00 by Delhi's Madan Singh.

Earlier, Surendra had created a new record in the 5,000m run on the first day of the event clocking a time of 13:55:71.

In the women's 10,000m run, Maharashtra girl Kavit Raut demolished seven-year-old record by West Bengal's Aruna Devi (34:30:20) by clocking 34:23:80. Kerala's Preeja Shridharan finished second clocking 34:24:57, while Jharkhand's Gurnule came third clocking 37:16:10.

More than 500 sportspersons from about 23 states are participatin in the event.

Kerala asserted its supremacy topping the medal tally netting 29 medals -- including 11 gold, nine silver and nine bronze. Jharkhand remained on second spot with six gold, 10 silver and eight bronze.

Host Madhya Pradesh had to contend with two medals.

Morena-resident Omprakash won gold, while Jabalpur's Sumendra Singh brought silver.

Jharkhand boy Hari Shankar Roy won gold by attaining 2.22 m in men's high jump followed by Gujarat's Vinod Kumar Chouhan (2.14m) and Tamil Nadu's B Elangumaran (2.11).

Kerala's Joseph G Abraham clinched the gold in men's 400 m hurdles clocking 51.3 followed by Andhra Pradesh's Patlavath Shankar and Kerala's Sheji Verghese.

Samarjit Singh of Punjab came first in men's discus throw attaining 49.60m. Amardeep Singh of the same state came second attaining 49.35m, while Jharkhand's Rambir came third achieving 48.9m.

In men's 10,000m run, Surendra Singh (Uttarakhand) bagged the gold clocking 29:06:17 followed by Jharkhand's Kashinath Aswale and Delhi's Sandeep Batham.

Jharkhand's B G Nagraj won the gold in men's 200 m race.

Haryana's Saroj Sihag bagged the gold in women's shot put, while Delhi's Poonam Jakhar clinched the first spot in women's 400m hurdles and Tamil Nadu's Kasthuri came first in 200 m race.

Kerala's M A Prajush won the gold in women's high jump, while Uttarakhand's Kiran Tiwari came first in 3,000 m steeplechase.

Tamil Nadu came first in men's 4X100M Relay, while Chhattisgarh won men's 4X400M relay. Kerala won women's 4X400M Relay.

UNI

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