Warangal, Sep 18 (PTI) Harmilan Kaur Bains of Punjab scored a brace in the women’s middle distance, winning the 800m to add to her gold in the 1,500m at the 60th National Open Athletics Championships here Saturday.
Railways ” B Aishwarya also won the double in horizontal jumps, winning the triple jump less than 24 hours after winning the long jump title.
To her credit, she won both events with the best efforts of the year by an Indian jumper. Aishwarya, who won the long jump with a jump of 6.52m, edged Haryana’s Renu Grewal by 4cm to double his joy.
There was joy for Services as its athletes swept all the podium places in the men’s 800m and grueling 50km walk race to complete a hat-trick after sending out the three men’s 3,000m steeplechase medalists on Friday. .
Mohammed Afsal showed lasting power to beat Ankesh Chaudhary and Krishan Kumar in the 800m final.
There was more good news for the Services camp when pole vaulter S Siva improved his own competitive record, raising it to 5.12m from the 5.10m he cleared at Ranchi in October. 2019.
In the heptathlon competition, Akshatha shed some light on the 118-point gap on day one with Sowmiya Murugan (Railway) with a good show at the long jump pit, where she covered 5.88m .
Sowmiya Murugan regained the lead with an effort of 37.32m in the javelin throw, but the athlete from Karnataka won the 800m with 6.63 seconds to win the all-round crown with a margin of 46 points. .
Haryana’s Sonu Kumari could also have surpassed Sowmiya Murugan if she could have covered a slightly better distance with the javelin throw. She finished just four points from the railroad multipurpose.
Harmilan Kaur Bains, 23, used his stamina and speed to show Delhi runner KM Chanda a pair of clean heels for the fourth time in a row this year.
The Punjab athlete had won the 800-1500 double at the Interstate National Championships in Patiala in June and although Chanda used different tactics here, the Punjab runner was ready and came out on top.
In a fierce battle at the triple jump pit, it was Renu Grewal who led the competition halfway through with an effort of 13.42m in his third attempt to improve on his best effort of his own season of 13, 39 m.
Aishwarya, whose best in the first three jumps was 13.31m, responded with two jumps beyond that mark, registering 13.49m and 13.55m for a new personal best.
While the Haryana jumper made his last attempt, she was only able to reach 13.51m.
Earlier today, qualifying in the men’s triple jump saw Praveen Chithravel (Tamil Nadu) put in the best effort of his season, clearing 16.61m on his first attempt to lead all 12 qualifiers.
Abdulla Aboobacker and Karthik Unnikrishnan (both Services) were the others who crossed 16m.
2018 Asian Games champion Arpinder Singh advanced to the final as the final qualifier, with an effort of 15.51m, just 1cm longer than Anil Kumar Bhagirathi Sahoo of Maharashtra.
The Railways counter-demonstration against Delhi in the 4x400m mixed team relay was confirmed by the jury and it was reinstated in the silver medal position behind Tamil Nadu.
The Railways argued that its third stage rider Kiran Pahal was forced to cross the curb after being pushed by Pooja from Delhi shortly after leaving. Delhi returned to fourth place. PTI ATK AH