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Pallavi made a mark at the National Athletic Championship

Pallavi made a mark at the National Athletic Championship  

ALL OF of 13, this Standard Eight student of Frank Anthony Public School (FAPS) has boundless energy and a level head. "I am taking each meet separately. Let me see what I can achieve at Kollam," she had said on the eve of the 19th edition of the Junior National Athletic championship that concluded on Tuesday. And lo and behold, the strongly-built girl went on to best the previous National mark in the girls under-14 triathlon event.

What next? And Pallavi's eyes light up "I am not perturbed nor under any pressure. I will continue my sports along with my academics (and she is a bright student!) and maybe hit the right chord at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, when India hosts the event."

For somebody who took to athletics only two years ago and won her first event — the 80 metres — at the KPMG Inter school meet in 2001, before breaking into the State scene at the State Meet in Sirsi with a third place in triathlon, she has had a commendable run and she has capped it with a National record effort at Shimoga Junior Nationals winning the triathlon event in group B (100 m, long jump, and high jump). "I did the high jump for the first time, thanks to coach Beedu Sir's persuasion and was aghast at clearing 1.33 metres for the gold," says Pallavi. And she did it with style: 100 m — 13.2 s (839 points); long jump — 5.01m (494 points); Shot put - 9.24 m (494 points) for a tally of 2071. Keep up the splendid show, Pallavi!

A.N.

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