Lankan boy is fastest; India collect six medals in track and f

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Pune, Oct 14 (UNI) Sri Lanka's Abeypitiyage Shehan Sadaruwan was declared the fastest man, winning the 100 meter dash in a new games record of 10.43 seconds, even as India continued to increase its medal tally winning one gold, two silvers and three bronze medals in the track and field events in the Commonwealth Youth Games in progress at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports City, Balewadi here today.

England's Shaunna Thompson became the fastest women of the event winning the 100 meters dash in the new games record time of 11.46.

In the 100 meters dash, Abeypitiyage Shehan Sadaruwan pulled away from the field at the half way mark to complete a comprehensive win.

Sanneh Suwaibou of Gambia came in second to take the silver in a time of 10.51 second, while Jason Rogers of St Kitts and Nevia took the bronze in a time of 10.52 seconds being pipped to the tape by Sanneh.

The men's 100 meters race saw the hosts in poor light as not a single entry from India was there in the showcase race of the track and field.

The women's 100 meter dash was also a one sided affair with Shaunna Thompson of England winning in a canter in a record games time of 11.46 seconds, with the silver medal going to Eloise Graf of Australia in a time of 11.80 seconds, while Lauren O'Sullivan also of Australia bagging the bronze in a time of 11.81 seconds.

Meanwhile, India's dream run in these games continued unabated with Dheeraj Mishra giving the hosts its first gold in the track and field event.

Narayan Chandrodaya and Ejaj Ahmed bagged a silver and bronze each in the hammer throw event to keep India on top of the medals tally.

Narayan cleared 67.38 with his throw, but could not stop Peter Smith of England from winning the gold who send the iron ball soaring to 68.38 meters to win the gold. Ejaj Ahmed claimed the bronze with a throw of 64.47 meters.

Dheeraj, the junior SAFF Games champion was a picture of confidence, clearing 15.42 meters in his very first jump which ultimately saw him clinch the gold. The athletically built Thane lad leapt to a distance of 15.36 meters in his third jump and repeated his performance clearing an equal distance of 15.36 in his sixth and final jump.

Benjamin William of England started on the wrong foot as his first attempt ended up in a foul, then came back with steady performance ending with 15.41 in his fifth attempt which fetched him the silver medal. South African lad Rakola Motlhatlhego posted his best effort in his third jump clearing a distance of 15.20 to claim the bronze.

The other Indian medals included a bronze for Poonam Rani in the Javelin throw for women with a throw of 44.25 meters. The event was won by Australian Bianca Maurer with a throw of 49.87, while Phillppa Charlesworth of New Zealand won the silver with a throw of 46.14 meters.

Gayatri Govindraj bagged a silver for her country in the 110 meters hurdle for women. Kierre Beckles of Barbados won the gold with a time of 13.88 seconds, while Brianna Beahan of Australia won the bronze in a time of 14.08 seconds. Gayatri ran the race in 14.00 seconds for her silver.

Another medal in the track and field event for the hosts came in the form of Jasdeep Singh who with a throw of 18.10 won the bronze in the shot put event, which was won by Curtis Parker of England with a games record throw of 18.56. The silver medal went to Stephen Brink of South Africa with a throw of 18.41.

Results: 100 meters men: 1> Abeypitiyage Shehan Sadaruwan (Sri Lanka) 10.43 sec (GR) 2> Suwaibou Sanneh (Gambia) 10.51 sec 3> Jason Rogers (St. Kitts and Nevis) 10.52 sec 100 meters women: 1> Shaunna Thompson (England) 11.46 sec GR 2> Eloise Graf (Austrakia) 11.80 sec 3> Lauren O'Sullivan (Australia) 11.81 sec Javelin (Women): 1> Maurer Bianca (Australia) 49.87m 2> Philippa Charlesworth (New Zealand) 46.14m 3> Poonam Rani (India) 44.25m Pole Vault (Women): 1> Jade Ive (ENG) 4.05m GR 2> Ariane Beaumont (CAN) 3.90m 3> Abigail HAYWOOD (ENG) 3.80m Shot Put (Men): 1> Curtis Griffith Parker (England) 18.56m GR 2> Stephen Brink (RSA) 18.41m 3> Jasdeep Singh (India) 18.10m Hammer Throw: 1> Peter Smith (England) 68.38m 2> Narayan Chandrodaya (India) 65.09m 3> Ejaj Ahmed (India) 64.97m Triple jump: 1> Dheeraj Mishra (India) 15.42m 2> Benjamin William (England) 15.41m 3> Rakola Motlhatlhego (RSA) 15.20m UNI GS AB KN2110

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