Vijayawada: Haryana with a total of 408 points finished as the overall champion of the 33rd National Junior Athletics Championships, while Kerala (400) missed the top honor by just eight points and had to settle for the second spot.
If Kerala had managed to score those additional points, it would have been the state's 23rd trophy and sixth consecutive win. Injuries to some of the star players could have cost Kerala the national glory.
However, Kerala did win the girls' team championship crown, while Uttar Pradesh shared the boys team championship title with Haryana.
Records tumble on final day
As many as four athletes broke the national record in 200m U-16 boys final on the last day of the 33rd National Junior Athletics Championships Monday.
Delhi sprinter Nisar Ahmed grabbed the gold medal in the event with a new national record of 21.73 seconds.
Three more athletes crossed the 22.11-second mark in the form of Karan (Maharashtra, silver) 21.99 seconds, Shashikantha (Karnataka, bronze) 22.00 seconds and Satnam Singh (AFI-Punjab, fourth) 22.04 seconds.
Another record-breaking performance came in the boys' U- 18 triple jump where Mani Raj (Tamil Nadu) clinched the gold with a leap of 15.83m, breaking the previous record of 15.63m.
There were six new meet record performances as well on the last day of the championships.
In the U-18 boys' 200m race, Akshay Nain (Delhi) set a meet record of 21.59s equaling previous record of 21.59 seconds set by Jijin Vijayan of Kerala in 2011.
In U-20 boys' 200m race, Akshay Kumar of UP broke the meet record of Mohit (Haryana, 21.35 seconds) with a gold winning performance of 21.28s.
Another glorious performance came in U-18 boys' 2000m steeplechase where five athletes crossed previous meet record with Raj Kumar (Delhi) winning the gold in five minutes 51.90 seconds breaking his own 2016 record of six minutes and 02.69 seconds.
Vikash (Haryana, silver) with the timing of 5:55.74 seconds, Vikas (Maharashtra, bronze) 5:57.45 seconds, Mohammed Noor (UP, fourth) 5:57.90 seconds and Granwil (Kerala, fifth) 6:02.13 seconds all crossed the previous meet record.
In girls' U-20 200m, Jisna Mathew (AFI) broke previous meet record of 24.28 seconds set by Nirupama in 2010 with a stellar performance of 24.24 seconds while in girls' U-20 3000m steeplechase, Khushboo set a meet record of 10:55.54 seconds breaking 11.04.80 record set by Parul Chaudhary in 2014.
In U-20 boys' 4X400m relay, Haryana set a meet record of 3:11.03 seconds displacing the decade-old record of 3:14.13 seconds set by Kerala in 2005.