Warangal, Sep 18 | Harmilan Kaur Bains (Punjab) completed the women’s middle distance double while B Aishwarya of Railways achieved the feat in women’s horizontal jump at the 60th National Open Athletics Championships at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday.
Harmilan added the 800m crown to the 1500m title she won here a few days back, while Aishwarya won the triple jump title less than 24 hours after winning the long jump title.
To her credit, Aishwarya won both the events with best effort of the year by an Indian woman jumper. The railway athlete, who won the long jump with a jump of 6.52m, edged out Renu Grewal (Haryana) by 4cm to double her joy.
Harmilan Kaur Bains, 23, used her stamina and speed to show off clean heels for Delhi sprinter KM Chanda for the fourth time in a row this year. The Punjab athlete had won the 800-1500 double at the National Inter-State Championships in Patiala in June and though Chanda followed a different strategy here, Punjab was ready and emerged on top.
In a deep fight in the triple jump pit, it was Renu Grewal, who led the competition at the half stage, with an effort of 13.42m in her third attempt to improve on her ow season’s best effort of 13.39m. Aishwarya, whose first three jumps had a best of 13.31m, responded after that mark with two jumps, covering 13.49m and 13.55m for a new personal best. The Haryana jumper tried as hard as she could in her last attempt, reaching only 13.51 metres.
Services were delighted when its athletes won all podium places in the men’s 800m and grueling 50km race walk after sending out all three medalists in the men’s 3000m steeplechase. Mohammad Afsal showed lasting power to overtake Ankesh Choudhary and Krishan Kumar in the 800m final.
There was even more good news for Services Camp when pole vaulter S Shiva improved his meet record, increasing it from 5.10m to 5.12m, which he cleared in October 2019 in Ranchi.
In the heptathlon competition, Akshatha brought to light the first day’s gap of 118 points with a good performance in the long jump pit with Soumya Murugan (Railways) covering a distance of 5.88 metres. Soumya Murugan took the lead in the javelin throw with an effort of 37.32m, but the karateka athlete won the 800m with a margin of 6.63 seconds to win the all-rounder’s crown with a margin of 46 points. Haryana’s Sonu Kumari too would have beaten Soumya Murugan if she had been able to cover a slightly better distance with the javelin throw. She was just four points behind the all-rounder of Railways.
Earlier, Railways’ counter-offensive against Delhi in the mixed team 4x400m relay was upheld by the jury and was restored to silver medal status after Tamil Nadu. Railways argued that its third stage runner Kiran Pahal was forced to step inside the curb as a result of her being ‘pushed’ soon after Delhi’s Pooja set on her run. Delhi returned to fourth place.
800m: 1. Mohammed Afsal (Services) 1:48.39; 2. Ankesh Chaudhary (Services) 1:48.58; 3. Krishan Kumar (Services) 1:48.77.
400m Hurdles: 1. T Santosh Kumar (Tamil Nadu) 50.79 sec; 2. Jashanjot Singh (Railways) 51.32; 3. Dhaval Mahesh Utekar (Services) 51.49.
Pole Vault: 1. S Siva (Services) 5.12m (New Meet Record. Old: 5.10m, S Siva, Ranchi, 2019); 2. Parshant Singh Kanhaiya (Haryana) 4.95; 3. Sakthi Mahendran (Tamil Nadu) 4.70.
Discus Throw: 1. Kripal Singh (ONGC Sports Board) 59.58m; 2. Gagandeep Singh (Services) 58.32; 3. Abhinav (Haryana) 56.18.
50km Race Walk: 1. Resham Midhun (Services) 4:29:47.00; 2. Sanabam Damen Singh (Services) 4:33:32.00; 3. Anjani Kumar Singh (Services) 4:35:29.00.
800m: 1. Harmilan Kaur Bains (Punjab) 2:03.82; 2. Chanda (Delhi) 2:05.35; 3. Rachna (Haryana) 2:07.00
400m Hurdles: 1. R Satya Ramraj (Tamil Nadu) 58.47 sec; 2. Nanhi (Haryana) 1:00.06; Ayana Thomas (All India Police) 1:00.08.
Triple Jump: 1. B Aishwarya (Railways) 13.55 m; 2. Rebu Grewal (Haryana) 13.51; 3, Bhairabi Roy (Railways) 13.12.
Javelin Throw: 1. Sharmila Kumari (Railways) 51.80 m; 2, K Rashmi (Railways) 50.36; 3, Shilpa Rani (Haryana) 47.83.
Heptathlon: 1. Axis (Karnataka) 4939 points (100mH: 14.74; HJ: 1.52; SP: 9.25; 200m: 25.47; LJ: 5.88; JT: 32.89; 800m: 2: 25.46); 2. Soumiya Murugan (Railway) 4893; 3. Sonu Kumari (Haryana) 4889.