With four of the eight lanes empty, one expected the race to decide the 25th National inter-zone junior athletics championship’s fastest boy to be a mediocre one here on Sunday.
But, Tamil Nadu’s Augustine Yesudas did not allow the thin field to let him down as he powered past the under-20 boys’ national record with a superb 10.57s run on his way to the gold.
Tamil Nadu dominated the event, winning three of the four 100m golds in the boys’ section and two in girls. Madurai’s S. Naveen won the u-14 gold with a meet mark while M.S. Arun took the u-16 title with a national record. Junior international S. Archana clinched her first national gold in the u-20 section.
The results (winners only):
Boys: Under-20: 100m: Augustine Yesudas (TN) 10.57s (NR; OR 10.61); 400m: Noah Nirmal Tom (Ker) 48.93s; 10,000m: Ranjeet K.R. Patel (Jha) 32:59.41s; 4x100m relay: Tamil Nadu (42.50s); Long jump: P. Anburaja (TN) 7.13m; Shot put: Surender (Har) 17.08m.
Under-18: 100m: C.H. Sudhakar (AP) 10.98s; 400m: A. Dharun (TN) 48.51s; Long jump: Gaurav Kumar (UP) 6.85m; High jump: Ashesh C.H. Roy (WB) 1.93m; Javelin: Ankit Rathi (Del) 57.47m.
Under-16: 100m: M.S. Arun (TN) 11.01s (NR; OR 11.03); 400m: Chandan Bauri (WB) 49.25s (MR; OR 49.94); Shot put: Abhishek K.R. Mishra (MP) 16.20m; Javelin: Vijay Lakra (Jha) 57.09m; Discus: Ashwani Lambha (Har) 47.58m.
Under-14: 100m: S. Naveen (TN) 11.45s (MR; OR 11.53); Long Jump: Sarfaraj Nowaz (Mah) 6.27m; Shot put: Akhilesh Yadav (UP) 14.01m; Triathlon: Sarfaraj Nawaz (Mah) 1,841 points.
Girls: Under-20: 100m: S. Archana (TN) 12.10s; 400m: P.M. Arunima (Ker) 57.92s; 5,000m: M.D. Thara (Ker) 17:56.49s; 4x100m relay: Kerala (48.39m); Long jump: Shipu Mondal (WB) 5.73m; Pole vault: M.K. Sinju Prakash (Ker) 3.10m; Shot put: Tunlai Narzary (Asm) 12.09m.
Under-18: 100m: Manvir Kaur (Pun) 12.35s; 400m: Shaharbana Sidhique (Ker) 57.29s; Pole vault: Reshma Raveendran (Ker) 2.90m; Discus: M. Mahalakshmi (TN) 39.40m; Shot put: Manpreet Kaur (Pun) 13.39m.
Under-16: 100m: Jisna Mathew (Ker) 12.67s; 400m: Tiasha Samadder (WB) 57.89s; Javelin: Vanshika (UP) 35.15m.
Under-14: 100m: S. Lithiya (TN) 12.93s; Long jump: B. Toommy Vaishnavi (Kar) 5.03m; Shot put: Poorna Raorane (Mah) 10.44m; Triathlon: V. Tina Durga (TN) 1,604.
Keywords: National junior athletics championship