Taking another small step in her long journey, Khyathi Vakharia added another gold medal to her collection in her quiet and efficient way on Thursday. She has been the best pole vaulter in the country in recent times and the Karnataka athlete underlined her status with a measure of comfort on the final day of the 57th Open National Athletics Championships.

At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Khyathi outclassed the field with a 3.90M leap, not a great effort but one that showed she was on the right path in her quest. With already a gold from 4x100M relay in their pocket, Khyathi’s success allowed Karnataka to end with three gold medals, and the second spot in the women’s team championships table.

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