Harishanker wins high jump event on a countback
KOCHI: Many of our big stars had come to Kochi weary and worn out after a long and extended season. They said they had come to the 48th National Open athletic championship here just to keep their employers happy.
But K. Krishna Mohan does not fall in this category. “I came here just to break the National record, my National record,” said a very satisfied Services sprint hurdler after achieving his goal at the Maharaja’s Stadium here on Wednesday evening.
The race appeared close with Police’s Naunidh Singh, a former national record holder, off to a strong start. However, the 24-year-old Krishna Mohan of Services went ahead after the third hurdle and became the first Indian to go below 14 secs in the 110m hurdles.
He had clocked 14 flat and set the National mark in the recent Madurai inter-State national championship. Here, he did one better.
Record books fail to keep pace
But the record books failed to keep pace with Krishna Mohan and his hurdling. The record given in the official book showed Naunidh Singh as the holder with 14.05 secs. “Probably, the federation officials have not met to ratify my record. We had the Olympics and so many things happening,” said the Guntur-born Krishna Mohan, a Havildar at the Army Artillery Centre in Hyderabad, rather humbly.
But a little later, the Athletics Federation of India Secretary Lalit Bhanot confirmed that Krishna Mohan’s Madurai performance would be counted as the National record he had broken here.
Earlier, Railway high jumpers Harishanker Roy and Benedict Starley who have produced some close duels at many national meets, were at it again.
The men’s high jump was stopped at two metres last night because the athletes had a problem spotting the bar but when the event finished before noon today, the two men who had finished in a tie twice earlier — had not settled the issue. They were tied once again, this time, however, at a mediocre 2.16m. Harishanker, however, had fewer failures and won the title on a countback.
The women’s high jump also was settled on a countback with Railway’s Mallika Mondal and Tessymol Joseph taking gold and silver respectively. Both finished with 1.74m.
The results: Men: 20,000m: 1. Harwinder Singh (Ser) 1:35:21.3s, 2. Ashok Kumar Patel (Rly) 1:35:32.20, 3. P.S. Jalan (Ser) 1:36:11.46; 110m hurdles: 1. K. Krishna Mohan (Ser) 13.96s, NMR, OR 14 secs, own, 2008, 2. P. Muthu Swami (Rly) 14.26, 3. Naunidh Singh (Pol) 14.27; 3,000m steeplechase: 1. Om Prakash (Ser) 8:53.04s, 2. Aurn D’souza (Rly) 8:53.36, 3. Elam Singh (Ser) 8:56.68; 4x100m relay: 1. Railways (40.75s), 2. Services (41.27), 3. Andhra Pradesh (41.52); High jump: 1. Harishanker Roy (Rly) 2.16m, 2. Benedict Starley (Rly) 2.16, 3. A. Karthikeyan (TN) 2.10.
Pole vault: 1. K.P. Bimin (Rly) 4.90m, 2. Gajanan Upadhyaya (Rly) 4.75, 3. Naveen Kumar (Ser) 4.70; Discus: 1. Rambir (Ser) 53.52m, 2. Simranjit Singh (Pol) 52.82, 3. Vipender Singh (Ser) 51.53.
Women: 100m hurdles: 1. Anuradha Biswal (Ori) 14.08s, 2. J.J. Shobha (Rly) 14.25, 3. Shreema Priyadharshini (Rly) 14.29; 4x100m relay: 1. Railways (46.23s), 2. Andhra Pradesh (46.69), 3. Kerala (47.32); High jump: 1. Mallika Mondal (Rly) 1.74m, 2. Tessymol Joseph (Rly) 1.74, 3. Kavya Muthanna (Kar) 1.71; 3,000m steeplechase: 1. Sudha Singh (Rly) 10:24.08s, 2. Kiran Tiwari (Rly) 10:32.21, 3. Kamlesh Baghel (Rly) 11:21.76.