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SCALING NEW HIGH: Tamil Nadu’s Lakshman Yogaraj sailed over the bar at 2.12m to set a new meet record in the boys’ under-20 high jump event on the opening day of the Junior National athletics championship on Wednesday.
SCALING NEW HIGH: Tamil Nadu’s Lakshman Yogaraj sailed over the bar at 2.12m to set a new meet record in the boys’ under-20 high jump event on the opening day of the Junior National athletics championship on Wednesday.

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Tamil Nadu reaps a rich haul, lone gold for Karnataka

MYSORE: Tamil Nadu’s Lakshman Yogaraj set the lone new meet record for the day in the boys’ under-20 long jump event in the 24th edition of the Junior National athletic championship at the Chamundivihar stadium here on Wednesday.

The lanky lad from Tirunelveli sailed over the bar at a height of 2.12m. However, it was below his previous best. He had achieved a personal best of 2.14 metres en route to his gold at the Asian Junior championship in Jakarta early this year.

He cleared K.R. Roshan’s 1999 mark of 2.07m with his second attempt but failed in his effort at 2.16m, the National record which still stands in the name of Harishankar Roy (West Bengal). Nikhil Chittarasu from Puducherry and Maharashtra’s C.J. Thomas provided the challenge for Yogaraj but failed at 2.09m which the Tamil Nadu jumper cleared in his second attempt.

On countback Chittarasu had done the 2.06 in the second attempt, while Thomas achieved it in his third try.

Former high jump champion N. Annavi praised Yogaraj’s effort. “He can do much better in good conditions… he is very promising,” said Annavi. Tamil Nadu began the day on a rousing note with Lakshmana Moorthy capturing the first gold in shot put, with a 12.80m heave in the under-14 boys’ section. L. Surya (girls’ u-20) and P. Souganya added to TN’s gold haul on the opening day.

Kerala had two gold, two silver and two bronze to show, while host Karnataka had reasons to cheer with Shraddarani Desai accelerating splendidly in the final 300m to capture the gold in the girls’ under-16 3000m with a time of 10:41.93s.

The results: Boys’ U-20: 1000m: 1. Suresh Kumar (UP) 31:29.54s, 2. Rajesh (Ker), 3. Dinesh Joon (Del); High jump: 1. L. Yogaraj (TN) 2.12m (NMR: Old record: 2.07m (K.R. Roshan, Ker, 1999), 2. Nikhil Chittarasu (Pudu), 3. C.J. Thomas (Mah). U-16: 3000m: 1. Yerram Naidu (AP) 9:08.32s, 2. Satyender Kumar (UP), 3. Ravi Kumar (UP). U-14: Shot put: 1. S. Lakshmana Moorthy (TN) 12.48m, 2. Nikhil Neethin (Ker), 3. Satyajit Buragohain (Asm). Girls’ U-20: 3000m: 1. L. Surya (TN) 10:38.44s, 2. V. Prabhavathi (AP), 3. Sukanya (Ker); High jump: 1. Renukamol (Ker) 1.63m, 2. Shibani Bhumij (WB), 3. Arti Yadav (Har); Javelin: 1. Beauti Deori (Asm) 40.86m, 2. Poonam Rani (Har), 3. Fultushi Ghosh (WB). U-16: 3000: 1. Shraddarani Desai (Karn) 10:41.93s, 2. Khusbu Kumari (WB), 3. Resin George (Ker).

Long jump: 1. P. Suganya (TN) 4.85m, 2. Darshana Gauns (Goa), 3. Namratha Samani (Kar). U-14: Shot put: 1. Athira Muralidharan (Ker) 9.17m, 2. K. Subhashini (TN), 3. Ranjitha R (Karn).

Corrections and Clarifications

In an athletics report "Yogaraj jumps to new record" ("Sport", November 13,2008), it was incorrectly mentioned in the text that Tamil Nadu's LakshmanYogaraj set a new meet record in the boys' under-20 long jump event, in the24th edition of the Junior National athletic championship in Mysore. Itshould have been high jump event, as mentioned in the results column andcaption of the accompanying photograph.

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