O P Jaisha came like the wind, she saw the track and she conquered our hearts. The 32 year old from Kerala had shown that she’s a force to be reckoned with during the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, and today she proved all predictions of a glorious future sang true.
The local girl clinched gold in the women’s 5000m event at the National Games today, clocking 15:31.37 seconds. In a shocker, Preeja Sreedharan, who is all set to hang up her shoes after the Games, was pushed to the fourth position. Sports Rediscovered brings to you a summary of the events on Day 9.
On the final day of the archery events, Asian Games silver medallist Tarundeep Rai, representing Services SCB, took gold in the Recurve Individual men’s event. Silver went to Gurucharan Besra, playing for Services, and bronze went to Delhi’s Dheeraj. In the women’s category, Laxmi Rani Majhi took gold for Jharkhand, Assam’s Satbir Kaur Saini took silver and Uttar Pradesh’s Seema Verma took bronze. The mixed team event saw Jharkhand lift gold, while Manipur and West Bengal settled for silver and bronze.
Athletics commenced today with the Decathlon events. In the 5000m event, Services’ G Lakshman (13:50.05 seconds) took gold, while Maharashtra’s Yunus Mohammad (14:13.56 seconds) took silver, and Services’ Man Singh took bronze (14:15.14 seconds). While O P Jaisha took gold, Asian Games bronze medallist Lalita Babar took silver and Maharashtra’s Swati Gawde took bronze. Those who had come to the Palayam University Stadium expecting Preeja Sreedharan to end her career on a high were disappointed as the current National champion failed to shine.
In the women’s high jump, National champion Sahana Kumari (1.80 m) took gold, while Madhya Pradesh’s Mallika Mondal (1.73) and West Bengal’s Swapna Barman (1.73) shared silver.
The hosts secured a place in the finals of the team events, in both men’s and women’s categories. Kerala will face Haryana for the Gold medal match in the men’s team event. In the women’s team event final tomorrow it will be Kerala vs Telangana at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor stadium.
The Gold Medal in the Men’s final saw Mizoram beat Punjab 1-0 (Imanuel Lalthazuala,83′) while Maharashtra beat Goa 3-1 to take bronze.
So the start of the track and field events, increased the excitement levels at these National Games . Services is still going strong, with 51 gold to their credit, while Maharashtra and Haryana follow in second and third position. The hosts are in the fourth place, with 19 gold medals.
*from the official site of the 2015 National Games (as on 9th Feb, 2015)