International Anilda Thomas broke her own year-old record by more a second while winning the women’s 400m in the Mahatma Gandhi University athletics championship at the Maharaja’s Stadium here on Wednesday.
For Anilda, a silver medalist at the varsities National last year and a second-year BA History student of Kothamangalam’s Mar Athanasius College, the victory came comfortably and the time (53.53s) was a personal best.
“I’ve taken a two-month break from the national camp for next year’s Asian Games and Commonwealth Games,” said Anilda who was a reserve in the Indian 4x400m relay team at the World Championship in Moscow in August and in the Asian Championship in Pune before that.
Meanwhile, Mar Athanasius College’s Anuroop John, who took to athletics seriously only after joining college four years ago, retained his title as the fastest man by winning the 100m while Assumption’s K. Manju was the fastest woman.
The results (winners only):
Men: 100m: Anuroop John (Mar Athanasius, Koth.) 10.74s. 400m: D. Anoop (St. Thomas Coll., Pala) 48.7s. 1500m: Tinu Joseph (Baselius, Ktm) 4:05.1s. 5000m: K.S. Sumesh (St. Thomas, Pala) 15:47.3s. Long jump: Jithin Thomas (Mar Ath.) 6.84m. High jump: Miran Joe Sebastian (Mar Ath.) 2.04m NR , OR 2.03. Pole vault: Anoop Johny (St. Thomas Coll., Pala, 4.10m). Discus: V.P. Alfin (Mar Ath.) 39.92m. Javelin : Arun Baby (St. Peter’s, Kolencherry) 66.10m NR , OR 65.01. Shot put : V.P. Alfin (Mar Ath.) 15.67m NR , OR 14.37. 20,000m race walk: Emmanuel Sebastian (Mar Ath.) 1:47.00s. Half marathon : George Mathew (Maharaja’s Coll., Ekm) 1:11.00s.
Women: 100m: K. Manju (Assumption, Chgy) 12.47s. 400m : Anilda Thomas (Mar Athanasius, Koth.) 53.53s NR , OR 55.12 (2. C.S. Sindhyamol, MA Coll., 55.05 also bettered meet rec.). 1500m : T.V. Priya (Alphonsa, Pala) 4:41.4s. 5000m: Mariya Shaji (Assumption) 18:22.8s. 100m hurdles: Jyothikrishna (Mar Athan.) 14.71s.
5000m race walk: K. Mary Margaret (Alphonsa) 26:21.1. Long jump: Rintu Mathew (Assumption) 5.86m. Shot put: Neena Elizabeth Baby (Mar Ath.) 12.30m. Half marathon: Jintu Jose (Alphonsa) 1:24.00s.