Neena shatters 16-year-old long jump record

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V. Neena broke the under-20 girls' long jump record. — Photo: H. Vibhu
V. Neena broke the under-20 girls' long jump record. — Photo: H. Vibhu

After crossing the six-metre mark for the first time at the recent South Zone meet in Bangalore, V. Neena is a confident long jumper now. The 19-year-old from Kannur shattered a 16-year-old meet record while taking the under-20 girls gold with a personal best 6.09m effort in the 54 {+t} {+h} Kerala State junior athletics championship at the Maharaja's Stadium here on Saturday.

“It's easier to go past six these days,” said Neena, a SAI trainee at Thalassery who was fourth in the Indian Grand Prix in Bangalore a few months ago.

Meanwhile, Ernakulam's Sujith Kuttan and Kollam's Viji Vijayan emerged as the fastest boy and girl in the under-20 sections but the timings were mediocre.

And Idukki's T.S. Arya, who won the under-16 girls 100m, also shattered the 10-year-old 100m hurdles record.

The winners: Boys: Under-20: 100m: Sujith Kuttan (Ekm) 10.79s. 400m: V. Sajin (Pkd) 48.37s. 110m hurdles: Pinto Mathew (Kzd) 14.45s NMR, OR Akhil Krishnan, Kzd, 14.5, 2009. 10,000m race walk: Brisco Benny (Tvm) 50:45.3s. 4x100m relay: Kollam (45.57s). Triple jump: Arivu Selvam (Pta) 14.85m. Decathlon: Rony Luckose (Pta) 5312 pts. Under-18: 100m: Jithin Vijayan (Ktm) 11.14s. 400m: Alex Shaji (Ktm) 49.96s. 110m hurdles: Bastin Joseph (Ktm) 14.84s. 10,000m race walk: Varghese Joseph (Idk) 51:01.3s NMR, OR Elson Bomman, Idk, 51:13.2, 2008. Triple jump: U. Karthik (Pkd) 14.34m. Shot put: V.P. Alfin (Ekm) 15.74m. Javelin throw: Jibin Reji (Ekm) 61.66m NMR, OR P.V. Riyas, Pkd, 57.96m, 2008. Octathlon: P.S. Vivek (Tvm) 4984 pts. Under-16: 100m: S. Likhin (Klm) 11.3s. 400m: Sandhu Sukumaran (Idk) 50.3s NMR, OR N.P. Vinu, Alp, 50.6, 2002. 100m hurdles: Arjun Gangadar (Kzd) 14.12s. 5,000m race walk: E. Harris Rehman (Mlp) 26:29.8s. Shot put: V.K. Akesh Kumar (Idk) 12.99m. Under-14: 100m: A.G. Rahil (Pkd) 12.03s. 4x100m relay: Ernakulam (48.6s). Long jump: Bibin Jose (Ekm) 5.58m. High jump: K. Shamnas (Pkd) 1.65m. Shot put: B. Sudheesh (Pkd) 11.86m.

Girls: Under-20: 100m: Viji Vijayan (Klm) 12.52s. 400m: A.C. Arya (Tsr) 55.15s. 100m hurdles: Sanitha Sabu (Knr) 15.41s. 4x100m relay: Kottayam (51.21s). 10,000m race walk: K.M. Meeshma (Pkd) 53:37.6s NMR, OR P. Renuka, Ktm, 55:19.75, 2009. Long jump: V. Neena (Knr) 6.09m NMR, OR Jiji Mathew, Ktm, 5.99, 1994. Pole vault: K.C. Dija (Kzd) 3.30m NMR, OR Sithara T. Ellath, Ktm, 3.20, 2008. Hammer throw: P.S. Amrutha (Pkd) 36.37m. Under-18: 100m: G. Lavanya (Pkd) 12.38s. 400m: R. Anu (Tsr) 56.96s. 100m hurdles: P.G. Adheena (Klm) 14.89s. 5,000m race walk: P.A. Priya (Pkd) 28:31s. Long jump: K. Ammu (Knr) 5.76m. Pole vault: M.K. Sinju Prakash (Pkd) 3.10m. Javelin throw: C.C. Priya (Knr) 32.97m. Hammer throw: K.B. Bhagyalakshmi (Ekm) 38.34m NMR, OR P.S. Amitha, Pkd, 35.74, 2008. Under-16: 100m: T.S. Arya (Idk) 12.55s. 400m: Nimina Mathew (Ekm) 59.53s. 100m hurdles: T.S. Arya (Idk) 14.67s NMR, OR C.T. Raji, Tvm, 14.9, 2000. 3000m race walk: K.T. Neena (Pkd) 15:30.9s. Long jump: Nayana James (Kzd) 5.63. Under-14: 100m: Majitha Norwin (Pkd) 12.84s. 4x100m relay: Ernakulam (53.32m), Long jump: Anju Kuriakose (Ekm) 4.69m. High jump: T.C. Cheshma (Pkd) 1.46m. Shot put: Aleena Joseph (Idk) 7.32m .

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