Primesh shatters 32-year-old record

TENHIPALAM, DEC 30. He has seen some hot tracks in Hungary. Been through some fast ones in Chennai. But surprisingly, international P.S. Primesh found a mud lane at the Calicut University Stadium here on Sunday to post his career-best 400m time.

Strange really ! While almost everybody was blaming the mud track for being off their personal best, Primesh dug out his second record here on his way to gold at the 62nd all-India inter-university athletic championships on Sunday evening.

Primesh, who had won the 400m title at a five-nation meet in Hungary a few months ago, clocked 47.2s to topple the 32- year-old meet mark of Delhi University's R.P. Singh by a full second. The Kanjirappally St. Dominic's College star was in a class of his own and won by a big margin. Primesh had won the 800m with a record on the opening day.

There were other sterling performances, by Guru Nanak Dev University's National Games champion Harwant Kaur who collected her second gold here with the discus throw and by Bharathidasan's M. Krishna Priya in women's triple jump.

The two girls went past the meet records given in the official booklet but since there was some confusion about some of the meet marks, the organisers have decided to wait for a day before confirming the new records.

``The problem is, despite our repeated fax and phone calls, we have not got the latest list of records from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU),'' said the organising secretary, Dr K.P.Manoj. ``So, for today, Primesh's 400m will be lone record here,'' he added.

The former junior international, Harwant , like Primesh, was in a class of her own in her favourite event and was nearly 13 metres ahead of second-placed M.K. Rekha of Mahatma Gandhi University. Harwant, a I year MA (Physical Education) student of DAV College (Amritsar) has a personal best of 57.93m in the discus.

A switch from sprints and basketball to triple jump has brought rich rewards for Krishna Priya, a student of Trichy's Holy Cross College. After posting a personal best 13.04m for the National Games silver, Krishna Priya is on a high this season and pipped the host's Tessymol Joseph to win the gold.

The results:

Men: 400m: 1. P.S. Primesh (MGU, Kottayam, 47.2secs NMR, OR 48.2 of R.P. Singh Mann, Delhi, 1969), 2. P. Shankar (Osmania, 48.8), 3. Sangh Priya Gautam (Ch. Charan Singh, 49.7); 10,000m: 1. Khushal Singh (Kumaun, 31:44.0 secs), 2. Puran Chand (Panjab, 31:47.4), 3. Hoshiyar Singh (Kumaun, 31:50.6); High jump: 1. Benedict Starli (Manonmanian Sundaranar, Tirunelveli, 2.04m), 2. Vipul Kumar Tyagi (Ch. Charan Singh, 2.01), 3. D. Karthikeyan (Annamalai, 2.01); Javelin: 1. Harish (Mangalore, 68.58m), 2. Ramesh (Maharshi Dayanand, Rohtak, 67.89), 3. Gopi Ram Bhatia (Rajasthan, 67.82); Discus: 1. Sarabjit Singh (Guru Nanak Dev, 50.68m), 2. Amritpal Singh (Panjab, 48.43), 3. Rajesh Kumar (Kurukshetra, 48.14).

Women: 400m: 1. M. Thaarani (Bharathidasan, Trichy, 55.7s), 2. M.K. Rekha (MGU, 55.9), 3. R. Sukumari (Kannur, 56.9); 10,000m: 1. Renuka M. Hede (Karnatak, 38:06.2s), 2. Sarbjit Kaur (Guru Nanak Dev, 38:07.4), 3. Preeja Sreedharan (MGU, 38:09.7); Triple jump: 1. M. Krishna Priya (Bharathidasan, Trichy, 12.55m), 2. Tessymol Joseph (Calicut, 12.54), 3. Anisha K. Vijayan (Mahatma Gandhi, 12.40); Discus: 1. Harwant Kaur (GNDU, 53.28m), 2. T. Banu Priya (Annamalai, 40.38), 3. S. Shanthi (Madras, 37.94).

Mahatma Gandhi University's P.S. Primesh who shattered his second record, on the way to the men's 400m gold, in the all-India varsities athletic championships at Tenhipalam on Sunday.

Bharathidasan's Krishna Priya leaping to the women's triple jump honours.

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