V.S. Surekha scaled a new height of 4.15m to break her own 8 year old national record in the 54th National Open Athletics Championships at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.
Surekha, disappointed at missing the selection for this year’s marquee events – Asian Games and Commonwealth Games – has responded in the best way possible, clearing 4.15 to improving on her own national record of 4.08m. Surekha, who had a disappointing 2013 finishing second behind Khyati Vakhariaon the domestic circuit, has bounced back with strong performances this year reclaiming the meet record at the Federation Cup in August and has now capped it with a national record.
Surekha, better half of Indian triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary, has been the flag-bearer for Women’s Pole Vault in India for over 10 years, holding the national record and winning nearly every meet. Surekha missed out on qualification for the Asian Games after finishing on 4.05m at the Federation Cup while the qualification mark was set at 4.15, which proved to be good enough for a bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games.
Sudha Singh made the most of the absence of Asian Games bronze medallist Lalita Babar to win gold in Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase, breaking her own meet record, finishing in 10:08.50. Sudha was over half a lap ahead of team mate Parul Chaudhary who took silver.
Jaiveer Singh of Police won the Men’s Steeplechase in 9:06.15, pipping Ramesh Bishnoi of Rajasthan by five-hundredths of a second.
Asian Games bronze medallist and National record holder Annu Rani won gold in Women’s Javelin with a best throw of 54.01 while Arjun of Haryana took the honours in Men’s Discus Throw with a best of 56.45.
K. Prem Kumar of Telangana was the only hurdler under 14 seconds as he took gold in high hurdles (110m) in 13.91.
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