Bhopal, January 25
Haryana’s Yashvir Singh stole the thunder from distance runners Sunil Dawar (Madhya Pradesh) and Ankita (Uttarakhand) as the trio heralded the return of national-level athletics competition with new meet records in the 18th Federation Cup Junior (Under-20) Championships here today.
The 19-year-old Yashvir Singh broke Neeraj Chopra’s meet record in winning the javelin throw event with a best effort of 78.68m. Chopra had set the meet record of 76.91m in Hyderabad in 2015. Yashvir’s five valid throws went past the 75m mark, the best coming off his second attempt.
The 18-year-old Ankita claimed the first new mark after national-level competition resumed after the Milo National Inter-District Junior Athletics Championships in Tirupati (November 2019), Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati (January 2020) and Khelo India University Games in Bhubaneswar (February 2020).
The Uttarakhand girl ran the 5000m race at her own pace to finish in 16 minutes, 37.90 seconds to claim top honours in the championships for the second successive time. She bettered Suman Rani’s record of 17:02.67 set in Coimbatore in 2018.
Ankita had won the 5000m race in Tiruvannamalai in September 2019 with a time of 17:16.49. Ankita went on to also win the 1500m title, doing just enough to stay ahead of Haryana’s Pooja, winning with a time of 4:27.54.
Dawar, a South Asian Games 5000m silver medallist in 2019, set the new 1500m meet mark by clocking 3:48.54 to improve on the 3:51.16 set by Shashi Bhushan Singh in Hyderabad in 2015.
Saurabh Rajesh Naitam (Maharashtra) and Taranjeet Kaur (Delhi) emerged as the fastest athletes of the meet, winning the men’s and women’s 100m sprints, respectively, in 10.51 seconds and 11.70 seconds. — PTI