Bhopal: C Chandini opened Kerala's gold medal account by winning the girls' 1,500 meter race on the second day of the National Junior School Athletics Meet in Bhopal on Thursday.
The defending champions had bagged two bronze medals on the opening day.
R Sreelakshmi of Kalladi HSS, Kumaramputhur in Palakkad, and Kessia Mariam Benny of GVHSS Mathirappilly, Ernakulam, won bronze medal in girls’ pole vault and hammer throw events respectively.
On day two, there will be as many as eleven finals in different categories, including sprint events that Kerala are expected to dominate. In the fifteen qualification round competitions held on the first day, 20 athletes from the state have made it to the final in various events.
Two meet marks set
The opening day also witnessed two new meet records being established. In the girls’ pole vault, Tamil Nadu’s D. Sathya cleared a height of 3.70 meters in her first attempt to set a new record, while in the hammer throw event, Delhi’s Harshita Sherawat threw 49.75 meters to break her own record of 46.35 meters.
Sathya had been hospitalized the previous day following a bout of fever. However, it did not affect her performance as she scaled a new mark bettering her personal best.
It was her fourth record-breaking performance this year as she had set records at the Tamil Nadu State School Meet, State Juniors and at the South Zone Athletics Championship. She waited till every other contestant left the action at the pole vault pit after failing to clear the 3-meter mark, and scaled the height in her first attempt itself.
The girls' 400m final will see a keen contest between Priscilla Daniel and A S Sandra. In long jump, it will be Ancy Sojan and Sandra Babu who will fight it out for the yellow metal.