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Salahuddin leaps to a new high

Special Correspondent
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S.N. Mohammed Salahuddin.— PHOTO: K. ANANTHAN
S.N. Mohammed Salahuddin.— PHOTO: K. ANANTHAN

Eight records took a tumble on the opening day of the 32nd Bharathiar University inter-collegiate athletic meet at the Nehru Stadium here on Wednesday.

S.N. Mohammed Salahuddin of PSG College of Arts and Science accounted for one of them with a new meet record in men’s triple jump.

Son of former international Mohammed Nizamuddin, the 19-year-old junior national gold medallist came up with a big leap of 15.72m in his sixth and final attempt.

His effort erased his existing meet mark of 15.44m set last year.

He also bettered his personal best of 15.71m set in the Asian athletics championship in Pune this year.

R. Saravana Kumar (20km walk, STC-Pollachi), R. Muralidharan (hammer throw, PSGCAS), R. Ghana Sowndaran (high jump, Sri Krishna CAS), S. Jeeva Kumar (800m, Dr. NGP), R. Poongodi (half marathon, Gobi CAS), K. Subhashini (shot put, Nirmala) and S. Padmavathi (800m, Dr. NGP) were the other record-breakers of the day.

The athletes were also taken by surprise with the presence of NADA. Although it is a routine affair in an inter-varsity meet, it is the first time that a measure of this order has been introduced by the Bharathiar University at its meet.

This comes in the wake of a couple of students found carrying syringes and performance-enhancing drugs in one of its competitions held recently. It is probably the first time a university has come up with such an effort in the country.

The results: Men: 100m: 1. R. Suresh (Dr. NGP) 11.4s; 2. A. Ajesh (Dr. NGP); 3. A.S. Shek Allavdeen (Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja). 800m: 1. S. Jeeva Kumar (Dr. NGP) 1:55.0s (NMR); 2. Karthi (PSGCAS); 3. P. Karthikeyan (Sri Krishna). 5000m: 1. N. Senthil Kumar (Sri Krishna) 15:54.7s; 2. Siva Sakthi (Gobi CAS); 3. B. Venkateshwaran (PSG CAS). 20km walk: 1. R. Saravana Kumar (STC, Pollachi) 1:43.31s; 2. M. Jeyasuriya (PSGCAS); 3. S. Nagendran (GAC, Ooty).

Half marathon: 1. M. Deenathayalan (Dr. NGP) 1:13.07s; 2. S. Vairavanthan (STC); 3. T. Dhayalan (Bharathiar). Hammer throw: 1. R. Muralidharan (PSG CAS) 43.70m (NMR); 2. R. Hariharan (Dr. NGP); 3. R. Dharaniraj (PSGCAS). Shot put: 1. R. Vishnuvardhan (Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja) 12.41m; 2. T.S. Gowtham (PSGCAS); 3. R. Hariharan (Dr. NGP). High jump: 1. R. Ghana Sowndaran (Sri Krishna) 2.06m (NMR); 2. A. Khassan Khan (BACAS); 3. T. Maradona (Dr. NGP). Triple jump: 1. Mohammed Salahuddin (PSG CAS) 15.72m (NMR); 2. Mohammed Shefil (Dr. NGP); 3. A. Khassan Khan.

Women: 100m: 1. A. Manju Sri (Nirmala) 14.01s; 2. T. Sownderya (PSGRK); 3. M. Cladis Anclo (PKR). 800m: 1. S. Padmavathi (Dr. NGP) 2:21.4s (NMR); 2. Parameshwari (PKR); 3. P. Vinosha (Nirmala). 5km walk: 1. S. Sowmya Sri (Dr. NGP) 32:13s; 2. S. Vidya (Dr. NGP); 3. M. Banu Priya (Gobi CAS).

Half marathon: 1. R. Poongodi (Gobi CAS) 1:23.57s (NMR); 2. R. Sangeetha (Sri Krishna); 3. P. Uma (Nirmala). Hammer throw: 1. J. Karthika (PSGRK) 45.22m; 2. P. Madhupriya (Nirmala); 3. S. Ponmani (Nirmala). 5000m: 1. E. Vasanthamani (Gobi CAS) 19:30.9s; 2. D. Gayathri (Gobi CAS); 3. A. Tamilarasi (PSGRK). Triple jump: 1. M.A. Siva Anbarasi (PSGRK) 11.99m; 2. R. Neethu Krishna (Nirmala); 3. M. Keerthana (PKR). Shot put: 1. K. Subashini (Nirmala) 11.10m (NMR); 2. G. Divya (Nirmala); 3. S. Ponni (PKR). — Special Correspondent

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