Bhubaneswar: Kerala’s Murali Sreeshankar has set a new national record in long jump on the third day of the 58th National Open Athletics Championships at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. In another stunning performance of the day, Murli Kumar Gavit clinched two gold medals in men’s 5000m and 10000m race.
Sreeshankar cleared a distance of 8.20m erasing the old mark of 8.19 m set by Ankit Sharma at in Almaty in 2016. He begun the competition strongly, clearing a distance of 7.95m in his very first jump. After fouling his second jump, he set a new personal best jumping 8.11m in his third attempt. Sreeshankar’s previous best was a jump of 7.99m set at the Federation Cup in March this year. After another foul attempt in his fourth attempt, he set the new national record in his penultimate attempt.
Sreeshankar was followed on the podium by Services athlete VO Jinesh who jumped a commendable 7.95m. That effort was better than the previous meet record of 7.87m set by Ankit Sharma at the 2014 edition of the tournament in New Delhi. The bronze medal went to Haryana’s Sahil Mahabali who secured a new personal best by clearing 7.81m. The jump beat his previous best was 7.56m.
Another bright performance on the day came through Murli Kumar Gavit who completed a golden double in the 5000m and 10000m at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar. Gavit had won a gold medal in the first day of the competition in the 10000m and he followed it up in the 5000m on Thursday. Gavit, representing Gujarat, clocked a relatively slow time of 14.35.96 seconds but that was still enough to beat out Railways’ Abhishek Pal who clocked 14:36.62 seconds to claim the silver medal. Services athlete Man Singh took the third step of the podium after recording a time of 14:37.18 seconds.
The women’s 5000m race was meanwhile won by L Suriya who clocked a time of 16.10.35 seconds. Fellow Railways athlete Parul Choudhary claimed the silver medal with a time of 16.13.88 seconds while Monika Athare of LIC came third with a time of 16.24.42 seconds.
Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Navjeet Kaur missed out on the chance to complete a golden double in the women’s shot put and discus throw after she was beaten by Kamalpreet Kaur in the discus event. Navjeet had won gold in the women’s shot put event on the opening day of the competition but was edged to the silver medal by Kamalpreet Kaur on Thursday. Navjeet was leading until the final throw of the competition with a throw of 54.84m but fellow Railways athlete Kamalpreet, flung the iron disc to 56.11m on her final throw of the competition to secure the gold medal. Sandeep Kumari made it an all Railways podium after she claimed bronze with a throw of 53.96m.
With depleted fields in the men’s shot put and hammers throw, gold medal were secured by Services athletes Praveen Kumar and Taranvir Singh respectively. Kumar threw the iron ball a distance of 18.76m to secure a gold medal in the shot put, beating Jasdeep Singh and Sunil Kumar who recorded best throws of 18.73 and 18.09 m respectively. The meet record stood at 19.82m.
In the men’s hammer throw, Taranvir Singh secured his gold medal with a throw of 63.12m. The silver and bronze medals went to Damneet Singh and Sukhdev Singh of ONGC and Railways respectively. Damneet Singh, who had won a silver medal at the 2017 World Youth Championships, recorded a throw of 62.27m. Sukhdev meanwhile recorded a throw of 61.56m.