Guntur (Andhra): Records tumbled before Kerala women at the Inter-University Athletics Championships that concluded at Guntur on Saturday.
MG University topped the women's section for the fifth consecutive time and finished second overall. While Mangalore became the overall champions, Calicut came third in overall, men's and women's sections.
Calicut University's Jisna Mathew was crowned the best woman athlete and Delhi University's Malayali student Amoj Jacob became the best male athlete.
On Saturday morning, P U Chitra began the records hunt with the 1,500m race. Chitra, who shone all along the meet, finished in 4:24:87 minutes, rewriting the record of S Shanti (4:26:23m) of Bharathidasan University.
In women's 200m, MG's Vismaya (23.90) won gold with a record. Jisna (23.98), who won the silver, also rewrote record. Keralite student of Mangalore University Angel P Devasya (1.82m) won the high jump gold with a record.
The others who won medals for MG include K Mary Margaret (silver) in women's 5,000m walk, Marina George (silver) in women's heptathlon, V O Nimmi (bronze) in women's heptathlon and Sherin Jose (silver) in men's half-marathon.
In men's 1500m, Kerala's Abhinand Sundaresan won the bronze.
In the women's 4x400 relay, which became the most exciting event at the meet, MG bagged the gold, while the silver went to Calicut and bronze to Kerala. The MG team won with a record timing of 3:40:21. Calicut, which finished second, also broke the record. Though Abitha Mary Manual provided the lead for Calicut, in the last laps MG recovered to win the gold.
MG's medal tally included five golds, seven silver and five bronze.
MG came fourth in men's section.
For Calicut, which was placed fourth in overall and women's section last year, the third positions in all three categories came as a big achievement.
Vismaya stuns Jisna
True to the meaning of her name, VK Vismaya stunned everybody at the meet. MG's fastest athlete bagged three medals in the meet. Though she finished behind Jisna Mathew in 400m, she beat Jisha to the second position in 200m. When she finished the race in 23.90 seconds, it was a 25-year-old meet record that fell before the daughter of Kannur Eruvasseri Velluvakoroth Vinod and Sujatha. She overtook the 24-second record achieved by Bombay University's Seniya Evertom.
In 4x400m relay too, Vismaya's role was crucial in MG's victory. A first year MSW student at Changanassery Assumption College, Vismaya is being trained by C Vinayachandran.