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Tintu Luka bags gold in 800m

Billed as the final opportunity for those aspiring for a berth in the World championships, none of the athletes could come anywhere close to the qualifying mark on the second day of the senior National inter-State athletics meet at the Nehru Stadium here on Saturday.

Renjith Maheshwari took the triple Jump gold in the State athletic meet on Saturday.

National record holders in men’s triple jump and women’s 800m, Arpinder Singh of Punjab and Kerala’s Tintu Luka of whom much was expected, disappointed.

Arpinder with 16.30m finished second behind Renjith Maheswary (16.39m) while Tintu bagged the gold in a time of 2:02.23s, well outside the qualification mark.

Tintu started well and maintained a good lead throughout the race. Running in Lane 4, the Kerala girl didn’t allow either Sushma Devi or Gomathi to overtake her. It was a dominant performance, though.

“I am not happy with my race as there was none to push me,” said Luka, who had already made the mark for the Worlds. Like Luka, Jinson Johnson of Kerala dominated from start to finish to clinch gold in the men’s 800m clocking 1:51.02s.

The 24-year-old running in Lane 4 was closeted with Sajeesh Joseph, Mohan Yadav and Ajay Kumar Saroj till the first ‘bell’, but by the start of the second, Jinson opened a lead, and stuck to it.

Dharambir in control

Dharambir Singh of Haryana and Srabani Nanda (Odisha) clinched the men’s and women’s 200m races in style.

Dharambir, who had erased a 15-year-old National record in 200m at the Asian championship in Wuhan in June this year, was a picture of confidence as he ran the race with a minimum of fuss. Kerala is leading the points tally with a score of 80.500 while Tamil Nadu is placed second with 56.500. C.K. Valson, Secretary, Athletics Federation of India, attributed the abolition of ‘B’ standard time for the World championships as the reason why not many could make the cut.

“This will be the first time where only the ‘A’ standards will matter for Worlds qualification.

“We already have 19 athletes making the cut in different events,” he said.

The results: 20km race Walk: 1. Rani Yadav (UP) 1:49:30.40s, 2. Priyanka (UP) 1:54:43.70, 3. Femi George (Ker) 2:06:38.40; 200m: 1. Dharambir Singh (Har) 21.34, 2. Vikas Gulia (Del) 21.55, 3. Rahul Kumar (UP) 21.94.

400m hurdles: 1. Jithin Paul (Ker) 50.55s, 2 Bastin Joseph (Asm) 52.35, 3. Vikas Chandran (Man) 52.39.

800m: 1. Jinson Johnson (Ker) 1:51.02, 2. Ajay Kumar Saroj (UP) 1:51.36s, 3. Sajeesh Joseph (Ker) 1:52.43;

Triple jump: 1. Renjith Maheswary (Ker) 16.39m, 2. Arpinder Singh (Pun) 16.30, 3. S. Mohd. Zuber (TN) 15.65; Javelin: 1. Neeraj Chopra (Har) 77.33m, 2. Krishnand Tripathi (UP) 71.09, 3. Ajay Kumar (Raj) 70.43.

Decathlon: 1. Amolak Singh (Guj) 6370 pts, 2. Thangarasu (TN) 6349, 3. V.V. Raneesh (Ker) 6336.

Women: 200m: 1. Srabani Nanda (Odi) 23.92s, 2. Himashree Roy (WB) 24.93, 3. Priyanka Panwar (UP) 25.01; 400m: 1. Santhosh Kumari (Har) 1:01.06s, 2. P.O. Sayana (Ker) 1:02.88, 3. M. Loganayaki (TN) 1:03.15.

800m: 1. Tintu Luka (Ker) 2:03.23s, 2. Sushma Devi (Har) 2:05.05, 3. Gomathi (TN) 2:07.00.

High jump: 1. Sahana Kumari (Kar) 1.80m, 2. Jyoti (Har) 1.70, 3. Mallika Mondal (WB) 1.70.

Keywords: Tintu Luka, Dharambir, National inter-State athletics

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