Hyderabad: Karnataka high jumper Sahana Kumari became the 14th Indian athlete to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games when she cleared 1.92m to achieve this distinction on the first day of Senior National Athletic Championship in GMC. Balayogi Stadium here last evening.
In that process she erased the previous national meet record of 1.91m held by Bobby Aloysius of Kerala since 2004.
Local girl Satti Geetha brought cheer to the home-crowd as she went on to win the marquee event of the opening day-100m sprint. Geetha, a member of the Indian 4x400m relay quartet which got the gold in the Doha Asiad six years ago, spirited away from the rest of the athletes who lined-up with her after the pre-race favourite Manisha of Haryana had disqualified for a false start.
The 28-year-old Geetha, already a winner of 100m in the Inter-State championships at Patiala two years ago, clocked 12 seconds flat to take the first place under flood-lights in the G.M.C. Balayogi Stadium at Gachibowli.
She timed 12.04 secs to led the qualifiers. Kerala's M M Anchu was second at 12.18s while the bronze medal went to Ruma Sarkar from West Bengal in 12.37s.