Kerala’s Golden Boy: Jinson Johnson
In the 800 metres race, Jinson Johnson stopped the clock at 1:51.02 to take gold.The Keralite has had a good season, with three golds in the Asian Grand Prix, and another in the Asian athletics.Johnson finished ahead of UP’s Ajay Kumar Saroj (1:51.36) and compatriot Sajeesh Johnson (1:52.43).
In men’s Javelin throw, Neeraj Chopra, representing Haryana, came first with an effort of 77.33 metres.With a throw of 71.09 metres, UP’s Krishnanand Tripathi took silver, while Rajasthan’s Ajay Kumar took bronze (70.43 metres).
Current champion and national record holder in High Jump, Karnataka’s Sahana Kumari clinched gold witha jump of 1.80 metres. Haryana’s Jyoti and West Bengal’s Mallika Mondal shared silver (1.70 metres).
Jitin Paul and Dharambir Singh Shine:
The men’s 400 metres hurdles event saw Jithin Paul (50.55) add another gold to Kerala’s kitty. In the 200 metres event, Dharambir Singh, who had earlier this year in Wuhan, shattered a 15 year old record, emerged winner in 21.34 seconds, while Wikas Gulia (21.55) and Rahul Kumar (21.94) came in second and third respectively.
In the women’s 20k walk event, Uttar Pradesh’s Rani Yadav (1:49:30.40) and Priyanka (1:54:43.70) came in first and second. Kerala took bronze through Femi George (2:06:38.40).
Tintu Luka Takes Gold
In women’s 800 metres, PT Usha’s protege Tintu Luka clocked 2:03.23 to bag gold. While Sushma Devi (2:05.05) took silver for Haryana in the event, bronze went to the hosts via M Gomathi (2:07.00).
Srabani Nanda took gold in women’s 200 metres event, clocking 23.92 seconds, followed by West Bengal’s Himashree Roy (24.93) and UP’s Priyanka Panwar (25.01).
In triple jump, Renjith Maheshwary, beat current National record holder Arpinder Singh and brought Kerala its fourth gold (16.39 metres). Bronze was taken by local boy S Zuber.