A record that stood the test of time for 25 years was erased in the 34th Jharkhand National Games at the Birsa Munda stadium here on Saturday.
Services' Jaiveer Singh clinched gold in the men's 3000m steeplechase in a new Games record time of 8:48.68, rewriting the mark set by Pradeep Kumar Dogra (Delhi) in the ‘85 Games in Delhi.
Twenty-three-year-old Vipin Kasana of Delhi finished first in the men's javelin throw creating a Games record (77.22m), upsetting the Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Kasinath Naik.
The penultimate event of the day saw the Services men's team bag the 4x100m relay gold in a meet record time of 0:39.94s. The men's 800m saw a good line-up which including meet record holder Ghamanda Ram.
Kerala runner Sajeesh Joseph ran a calculated race and piped Punjab's Satnam Singh at the post 1:48.43 to 1:48.45. Ghamanda Ram (Services) finished third at 1:49.03.
Men: Javelin: 1. Vipin Kasana (Del) 77.22m, (NMR, OR, Satbir Singh (Pun) 73.70, ‘97); 2. Rohit Kumar (UP) 75.03; 3. Kashinath Naik (SSCB) 73.14; 300m steeplechase: 1. Jaiveer Singh (SSCB) 8:48.68n (NMR, OR: Pradeep Kumar Dogra (Del); 2. Sanjit Luwang Thounagjam (Man) 8:49.29, 3. Elam Singh (SSCB) 8:55.41; 800m: 1. Sajeesh Joseph (Ker) 1:48.43, 2. Satnam Singh (Pun) 1:48.48, 3. Ghamanda Ram (Raj) 1:49.03; 4x100m relay: SSCB (Joseph, Nitin, Hemant) 0:39.94, (NMR, OR: Delhi 40:72, ‘02), 2. AP 0:40.59, 3. Ker 0:40.77.
Women: Pole vault: 1. K. Vakaharia (Kar) 3.65m, 2. T. Nandi (Jhar) 3.50, 3. Dija Chandran (Ker) 3.30; 800m: 1. Sushama (Har) 2:18.17, 2. Pratima Tudu (WB) 2:18.42, 3. Mohanlal N.M. Chinnaswamy (TN) 2:18.78; 4x100m relay: 1. Ker (P.K. Priya, Neethu Rajan, V. Santhini, M. Shamna) 0:46.49s, 2. MP 0:47.50, 3. Pun 0:47.53.
Keywords: National Games