Anil Singh sets new Javelin National record, India bags 9 gold

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Bhopal, Sep 18 (UNI) Anil Singh became the first Indian Javelin thrower to cross the distance of 80m as India bagged nine gold medals in the second Asian All Star Athletic Meet held here today.

Anil Singh erased a decade old National record with a distance of 80.72m. He in the earned the distinction of being first Indian to throw Javelin to the distance of 80m. Before this Satbir Singh threw the Javelin to 79.68m in 1998.

But for Anil's record the meet failed to produce any thrilling contest and the fastest man B G Nagraj clocked 10.52 s in 100m dash.

It turned out to be an all India affair with Abdul Najeeb Qureshi (10.56) and Ganesh Satpute (10.64) finishing second and third respectively.

Eight hundred metre race was also dominated by the hosts as Sajeesh Joseph with a time of 1:48.93 took the gold, S Prakash Verma (1:49.73) and Ghamnda Ram (1:51.01) followed him.

Indian men also made clean sweep in the 5000m with Olympian Surender Singh winning the gold in 14:25.68, Sandeep took the silver (14:26.22) and Ajay Kumar finished third for bronze (14:28.05).

Japan's Tsuchiya Hikaru claimed gold in high jump. He cleared the distance of 2.18 mts, Malaysia's Lee Hup Wei was second (2.18) and India's Hari Shankar came third also with a jump of 2.18 m.

H M Jyothi won the Women's 100m with a time of 11,79. She was followed by Kazakistan's A Soprunova and Vietnam's Vu Thi Houng.

Japan's Tanno Asami claimed women's 400m gold in 53.00sec, favourite Satti Geeetha came third clocking 53.86sec and in between M Marina (Kazakistan) won the silver in 53.04.

Matsko Margartia bagged a gold for Kazakistan as she won the 800m race clocking 2:05.84. She was followed by Tintu Luka (2:05.89) and Sangeeta Yadav(2:21.08) both from India.

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