Bhopal: Champions Kerala shifted gears on the second day of the National Junior School Meet in Bhopal, leaving opponents far behind to rise to the top of the point table with five gold, two silver, and two bronze.
E. Ancy Sojan of Government Fisheries HSS, Nattika, Thrissur, clinched a double by winning the yellow metal in long jump and 100m events. C. Chandini (Girls’ 1,500m), Abhishek Mathew (Boys’400m), D. Priscilla Daniel (Girls’ 400m) also won a gold each.
Sandra Babu picked up a silver in long jump with a record-breaking performance. The second silver medal came through P. D. Anjali in the Girls' 100m sprint.
Kerala lead the point table with 33 points. Tamil Nadu with 17 points (two gold, two silver, one bronze), and Delhi with 12 points (two gold, two bronze) are in second and third position respectively.
Five meet records
Apart from Ancy Sojan, who set a new mark in long jump, four other meet records were created on day two. Haryana’s Bhupender Singh (long jump, 7.21 meters), Vidya Bharati’s Abhishek Singh (shotput, 18.84 meters), Tamil Nadu’s M. Sarmila (shotput, 11.28 meters), and Vidya Bharati’s Deepak Yadav (pole vault, 4.45 meters) rewrote the record book.
Delhi lad Nisar Ahmed emerged the fastest athlete of the meet by clocking 10.76 seconds in the 100m race.
Ancy Sojan, who clinched the long jump gold with a record leap of 5.94 meters before finishing first in the 100m race, was the star of the day.
Sandra Babu of GVHSS Mathirappilly, Ernakulam, also leapt the same distance, but the gold was awarded to the former on the account of fewer number of attempts. Sandra had pushed Ancy to the second spot to take home gold at the Kerala State Schools Athletics Championship held in Pala last month.
In the Girls’ 100m race, Ancy pipped state-mate P. D. Anjali of Ideal EHSS, Kadakkassery, Malappuram, in a photo-finish.
Kessia Mariam Benny of GVHSS Mathirappilly, Ernakulam, who won the bronze in the hammer throw event on day one, has filed an appeal pointing out that the gold medal winner Harshita Sherawat of Delhi has violated rules by appearing for the fourth time at the meet. If the appeal committee takes a decision in her favor, she could be upgraded to silver from bronze while P. A. Athulya who finished fourth, could be promoted to bronze.
Poor start costs Sandra a medal
In the Girl’s 400m race, a poor start denied Kerala’s medal hope A. S. Sandra a podium finish. Sandra, who registered the second best timing in the semifinal, managed only a fifth-spot finish in the final. K. M. Sreekanth (long jump) and C. Abhinav (100m) also failed to win any medal.