Annu Rani: The Golden Throw

On the penultimate day of the Inter-state Athletics Championships being held in Chennai, National record holder Annu Rani took gold in javelin throw, while the men’s high jump sprung surprise results.


Annu Rani- On Target

Upsets in High Jump

Sreenith Mohan, who was expected to win, decided to pass the first two attempts- a decision that proved costly later on, as the Keralite fouled three attempts at 2.09 metres and could manage only a fourth place finish (2.05 metres). Karnataka’s Harshith Shashidhar finished first in the event (2.16 metres), closely followed by Punjab’s Jagdeep Singh (2.16 metres- cleared in second attempt), and Haryana’s Ajay Kumar (2.09 metres).

Annu Rani, with an effort of 54.67 metres, took gold for Uttar Pradesh, while Haryana’s Pushpa Jakhar took silver (49.69 metres) and Karnataka’s Shaheja Hani took bronze (48.72m) .

In the women’s 4 x 100 metres relay event, Dutee Chand, Srabani Nanda, Jauna Murmu and Purnima Hembram, representing Orissa, took gold (46.20 seconds), while Kerala took silver (47.47) and Maharashtra took bronze (47.57).

MA Prajusha took gold in the women’s triple jump (13.33 metres), to add another gold to Kerala’s kitty. Silver was bagged by Chhattisgarh’s Amita Baby (12.92 metres) and bronze by Bengal’s Bhairavi Roy (12.79 metres).

Medals Table

Kerala still stands on the helm, while Haryana pushed Tamil Nadu to third place. For Day 2 Report, click here.

Position State Points
1. Kerala 116.500
2. Haryana 94.00
3. Tamil Nadu 81.500

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