Guntur, Andhra Pradesh: Defending champions Kerala, who were painfully slow in getting off the block, pressed the accelerator in the afternoon, sweeping five medals in hurdles events on the second day of the 33rd National Junior Athletic Meet at the Acharya Nagarjuna University Stadium here on Friday.
Athletes from the state accounted for three gold and silver medals each apart from one bronze on day 2 to take the total tally to 94 points.
Kerala have so far won five gold, six silver and four bronze in the five-day meet.
Haryana, with 137 points, led the point table followed by Uttar Pradesh with 124 points. Kerala climbed to third spot while Tamil Nadu garnered 68 points to stand fourth.
Aparna Roy, the exciting talent from Pulloorampara, Kozhikode, who has made it a habit to rewrite record books, set another new mark with her 14.01 seconds effort in the U-18 girls' 100m hurdles. Anjali Thomas, hailing from Kattappana, Idukki, finished third in the event.
Aparna holds the 100m hurdles national records in both the U-16 and U-14 categories.
Captain of Kerala squad Sachin Binu, who also hails from Pulloorampara, led from the front by winning the U-20 boys' 110m hurdles with a timing of 14.08 seconds.
In the U-18 girls' 100m hurdles, Ann Rose Tomy, hailing from Erattayar in Idukki, finished second, while RK Sooryajith, a native of Yakkara in Palakkad, took silver in the boys’ category.
Kerala won as many as five medals from the ten hurdles events in different categories.
Kerala girls battle it out
The U-20 girls' pole vault event witnessed a keen tussle between two girls from Kerala. Arsha Babu, who hails from Alakode in Kannur, and Anjali Francis, a native of Mundur in Thrissur, fought it out for supremacy and in the end, Arsha, who scaled 3.30 meters, pushed Anjali (3.20m) to second spot to take home gold.
In a bizarre incident, two athletes from the state who took part in the high jump event of decathlon turned up wearing wrong jerseys. Though they were disqualified immediately, Dr Tony Daniel, technical committee chairman of the Athletic Federation of India, intervened in the issue and were allowed to compete.
Stars of the day
The top performers of the day were Maharashtra’s Vikas Yadav, who set a new national record with his 74.73m in the u-16 boys’ javelin throw, and Haryana’s Dipender Dabas, who bettered his own U-18 boys’ shot put national record by hurling the iron ball to a distance of 20.99m.
In the U-20 girls' 100 meter hurdles, Jharkhand's Sapna Kumari broke Tamil Nadu’s G. Gayatri's eight-year-old meet record by clocking 14.09 seconds.