Shobha, Pramila post personal best in different categories

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Beijing, Aug 15 (UNI) National champion J J Shobha posted her personal best record in 100m hurdles that enabled her to take the 29th place at the end of four events on day one of the two-day heptathlon event in the Olympic Athletics competition which started here today.

Shoba was ahead of her compatriots GG Pramila and Susmita Singha Roy who finished 32nd and 34th respectively.

Shobha, who hogged the limelight in the Athens Olympics by running despite a torn ligament, totalled 3482 in 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m, while Pramila collected 3419 and Susmita 3391 points respectively.

The combined events' contest got off with the 100m hurdles with the Indian trio vying for good timing. Shobha went on to post her personal best timing of 13.62, which fetched her 1033 points.

Pramila (983) and Susmita Singha Roy (963), however, were nowhere near their best as they timed 13.97 and 14.11 respectively.

In high jump, it was Pramila, who came up with her personal best and she leapt 1.74m to win 903 points.

In the same group, Shobha cleared 1.65, her season's best, which earned her 795 points. Susmita cleared 1.71m to finish 18th and added 867 points to her tally.

In shot put, Shobha cleared 13.07m for 732 points, while Pramila (639) hurled 11.66m and Susmita (613) 11.27m.

In 200m, the fourth and final event of the day, Shobha (922) timed 24.62, Pramila (894) 24.92 and Susmita (948) 24.34.

The three remaining events - long jump, javelin and 800m events will be held tomorrow.

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