Mon, Jyoti fastest athletes in National Games

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Ranchi, February 17 (PTI) Sameer Mon of Services and H MJyoti of Karnatka emerged as the fastest athletes in the men''sand women''s sections respectively in the 34th National Gameshere today.

Continuing his fine run here, where he already had twotitles in the Indian GP and Fed Cup, Mon clocked 10.55s enroute to the gold in the men''s 100m.

Abdul Najeeb Qureshi of Andhra Pradesh finished a closesecond with 10.62s, while Sujith Kuttan of Kerala won thebronze with a timing of 10.65s.

Karnataka girl Jyoti clocked 11.84s for the gold medal inthe women''s 100m as Andhra''s G Mounika (11.87s) and PriyankaPanwar of Uttar Pradesh (11.98s) won the silver and bronzerespectively.

After their races, both Mon and Jyoti blamed it on thechilly condition for the poor timing.

"Weather changed suddenly since last eveneing. I amrunning from an infection so I could not prepare well. But Iwas confident for the gold," Jyoti said.

Kerala bagged both the gold and silver medalsrespectively in the women''s 400m where Sini Jose won with atiming of 53.76s, while Arya C finished second clocking54.21s.

Andhra''s K Mrudula bagged the bronze with a timing of54.69s.

Services'' Kunhu took the honours in the 400m men''s with atiming of 47.68s while hosts Jharkhand bagged the silver with47.68. Haryana''s Ajay bagged the bronze with a timing of47.94s.

Andhra woman P Udaya Lakshmi bagged the shot put goldwith a throw of 14.36m, while Neelam of Haryana (13.77m) andsteffi Cardozo of Goa (13.69m) bagged the silver and bronzerespectively.

With an effort of 51.84m, Uttar Pradesh girl Suman Deviwon the gold in javelin throw, while S Saraswathi of TamilNadu (51.69m) and Sanjo of Himachal Pradesh (48.52m) baggedthe silver and bronze respectively.

Earlier on the day, hosts Jharkhand claimed the gold inthe 20km walk through Gurmeet Singh, who finished with atiming of 1:23.26s, while Maniram Patel of Mahdya Pradheshbagged the silver clocking 1:24.41s as Somendra Singh(Services) bagged the bronze (1:27.11s).

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