METRO PLUS

Hitting the high spot

Natasha hopes to make it to the Commonwealth Games.

Natasha hopes to make it to the Commonwealth Games.  

A STAGGERING 2820 points in the pentathlon event for girls under-16 gold may be just below her best of 2851 points achieved at the Belgaum Junior State Meet only 12 days ago, but Natasha Sagar is not one to brood over it.

Voted the best athlete, winning all her events with a lot to spare at Belgaum, in her age group, Natasha looks the best bet from Beedu's stable to hit the high spots. Born into a family of sportspersons, her father played basketball in school and college, while her mother represented the State in athletics. A standard nine student of Baldwins Girls, Natasha was spotted in standard four as a long jumper and since then has made her mark at the State and National levels with stupendous performances in the 100 m hurdles, besides high jump and long jump. "I am looking forward to continuing in the same vein ," she says.

Who knows, Natasha could well be the flag-bearer of the Indian Atheltics scene in the years ahead. Her performance at Kollam: 100 m Hurdles — 15.93 s (723 points); high jump - 1.40 m (512 points); shot put -7.74 m (383 points); long jump -5.19 m (612 points) and 800 m - 2:38.49 s (590 points). Well done, Natasha!

A.N.

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