Principal Correspondent

THRISSUR: When she waits for the gun, all focussed and ready, you realise that Tintu Luka lives in a world of her own. And as she sets off on a scorching run, the rest of the girls just gasp and choke.

Just 17, the Kozhikode girl coached by P.T. Usha at her academy, went past a few records while winning the under-18 800m rather comfortably in the Trinity 50th State athletics championships at the Corporation Stadium here on Friday evening.

Her timing, 2:11.21 secs, was better than the under-20 and under-18 State records. For Tintu, who was returning to competition after a four-month break, it was her personal best.

"She can do a lot better if somebody pushes her," said Usha, who was watching her best trainee at work.

Saranya sets record

Shotputter J. Saranya, the under-16 National champion, was another girl who hogged the limelight. The 16-year-old athlete at the Kollam Centralised Sport Hostel toppled the 24-year-old women's record in the event.

Only a few minutes earlier, she had won the under-18 girls discus gold.

Heavy rain in the evening forced the organisers to postpone a few events to Saturday.

The results (seniors): Men: 800m: 1. R. Rajeev (Klm, 1:52.87s), 2. Girish Ramachandran (Pta), 3. C. Nadeesh (Tsr).

Women, 200m: 1. Beevi Rajan (Ktm, 25.39s), 2. E.S. Jyothi (Ktm), 3. Sunitha Varghese (Ekm).

800m: 1. A.A. Vijila (Pta, 2:13.41s), 2. Sabitha P. Sebastian (Tvm), 3. Ambika Sreedharan (Pkd).

Shot put: 1. J. Saranya (Klm, 11.75m NMR, OR: 11.55m of Philomina Thomas, Pkd, 1982), 2. Rr.L. Rajasree (Pkd), 3. A.K. Priya (Klm).

Juniors: Boys: U-20: 200m: 1. S. Arunjith (Klm, 21.85s), 2. K.M. Mohammed Nazeem (Ekm), 3. C.G. Anas (Kzd). 800m: 1. Bibin Mathew (Tsr, 1:56.28s), 2. R. Sivaprasad (Tvm), 3. Jitto Mathew (Idk).

Under-18: 800m: 1. Robin Rose Mani (Idk, 1:56.28s NMR, OR: 1:56.7 of Girish Kumar, Kzd, 1995), 2. Vipin Francis (Ktm), 3. Princemon Charly (Ekm).

Long jump: 1. Sobin George (Tsr, 6.95m), 2. S.S. Angelo (Tvm), 3. D. Bibindev (Tvm).

Discus: 1. Manu Stephan (Kzd, 44.58m NMR, OR: 41.43 of Charles Edapatt, Ekm, 2003), 2. Ervin T. Joy (Ekm), 3. Eldo V. Issac (Wyd).

Javelin: 1. M. Jamaludheen (Mlp, 54.60m), 2. Arun Varghese (Tvm), 3. Vineeth Vijayan (Ktm). Girls Under-20: 800m: 1. Jimi Jose (Knr, 2:17.11s), 2. Frency Thomas (Klm), 3. Jomy Mathew (Knr).

Shot put: 1. S.G. Greeshma (Wyd, 10.74m), 2. V.P. Brishitha (Pta), 3. Shyji Chacko (Pkd).

Under-18: 800m: 1. Tintu Luka (Kzd, 2:11.21s NMR, OR: 2:11.21 of A. Vijila, 2003), 2. Anu Mariam Jose (Knr, 2:13.79 BMR), 3. S.R. Bindu (Ktm, 2:14.74 BMR).

100m hurdles: 1. M.M. Anchu (Ktm, 15.22s), 2. M.S. Darsana (Kzd), 3. U.V. Soumya (Klm).

Long jump: 1. Neethu Mathew (Pkd, 5.46m), 2. Liksy Joseph (Ktm), 3. Mareena Joseph (Knr).

Discus: 1. J.Saranya (Klm, 29.73m), 2. Dhanya Treesa Abraham (Ktm), 3. Neethu Joseph (Pkd).

Javelin:1. K. Saritha (Klm, 33.91m), 2. Sajitha James (Klm), 3. Dona George (Knr).

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