New Delhi: Aparna Roy, who won gold in the 100 meter hurdles event, brightened the day for Kerala in the Khelo India School Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Friday.
Kerala won as many as six medals, including two silver from the swimming pool, on the third day of the meet.
The other medal winners for the state were Gayathri Sivakumar (silver, high jump), Priscilla Daniel (silver, 800m), P J Jaganathan (silver, 100m breaststroke), M Vasuram Manikandaswamy (silver, 200m freestyle), and M S Sandra (bronze, 800m).
While it was another disappointing outing for Kerala boys in track and field events, girls from the state once again found themselves in the spotlight with some gritty performances.
Aparna, a Plus One student of St Joseph’s HSS, Pulloorampara, Kozhikode, sailed over the hurdles in style to leave her rivals far behind and emerged champion with a timing of 14.02 seconds.
Gayathri won silver in the high jump by leaping 1.65 meters. A student of Sacred Heart HSS, Thevara, she had won a silver at the 2017 National Senior School Athletics Championships.
Priscilla, who fumbled a bit towards the end despite leading for much of the race, however, clocked her career best time of 2:13.91 seconds in 800m to fetch silver. Sandra, a student of St Thomas GHS, Perumanoor, Ernakulam, finished third in the event with her best timing of 2:15.92 seconds.
A Class X student of MVHSS, Thundathil, Thiruvananthapuram, Priscilla will be flying to Jamaica on Saturday for a month's training at Racers Track Club in Kingston, home of spring legend Usain Bolt. Fourteen young athletes from the country, including her, will be trained by Glen Mills, who is credited with shaping Bolt's exemplary career, under the GAIL Indian Speedstar Scheme.
Two Kerala boys managed to win medals from swimming events dominated by Karnataka. In 100m breaststroke, Jaganathan, a Plus One student of GHSS, Kalamassery, took silver with a timing of 1:09.27 seconds. Vasuram, a product of SAI, Thiruvananthapuram, clocked 2:01.01 seconds to finish second in the 200m freestyle event.