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Five meet records tumble at NIDJAM 2018

02-Dec-2018 19:32

Five meet records tumble at NIDJAM 2018

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TIRUPATI (AP). Records tumbled on the second day of the National Inter District Junior Athletics meet in the town of Tirupati on Sunday as five meet records were toppled at the Tarakarama Stadium. New marks were set at the U-14 girls shot put, U-16 boys discus throw, U-16 girls shot put, U-14 boys high jump and U-14 boys shot put events on Sunday.

Two athletes went past the old meet record in the boys U-16 discus throw competition. Mohammad Affan of Seoni, MP threw the discus 50.74m to erase the previous mark of 49.62m set by Abhey Gupta at the Haridwar edition of NIDJAM in 2014. Shyam Chaudhary of Mathura, UP also threw further than the old mark but his effort of 50.29m was only enough to secure a silver. Ajay Sharma of Sonipat, Haryana claimed the bronze with a throw of 49.14m.

Another two athletes would go past the existing meet record in the girls U-14 shot put competition. Bharti of Ambala, Haryana took gold with a throw of 13.07m beating the old mark of 11.28m set in 2014. Also going past that old mark was Vidhi Singh of GB Nagar, Uttar Pradesh who recorded a throw of 12.24m. Sakshi Pawar of Satara, Maharashtra took bronze with a throw of 11.09m.
Haresh of Hathras district in Uttar Pradesh set a new mark in the boys U-14 shot put event, flinging the iron ball a distance of 16.36m. He eclipsed the previous mark of 15.95m set at the Haridwar edition of the same tournament in 2012. Haresh would pip Aditya Khushwaha (Allahabad district, UP) and Anurag Singh Kaler (Amroha district, UP) who recorded best throws of 15.94m and 15.04m respectively.

Aditya Raghuvanshi, representing Indore district of Madhya Pradesh, also wrote his name into the record books, clearing a height of 1.86m in the U-14 Boys high jump competition. His effort restricted Deepanshu (Sonepat, Haryana) and Karthik Yarravarapu (Prakasam, AP) to the silver and bronze medal. Both Deepanshu and Karthik cleared the bar at 1.75m with the Sonepat athlete taking the silver medal by virtue of fewer failed attempts.
M Sharmila of Ramanathapuram, TN also had a tournament to remember, claiming the gold medal in the girls U-16 shot put event with a new meet record of 13.75m. Her mark bettered the previous record of 12.70m set by Anjali of Bhiwani, Haryana at the Vishakapatnam games last year. Agrata Melekunde of Thane, Maharashtra took silver with a throw of 12.36m while Monika Sri of Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu took bronze with a throw of 12.06m.

Meanwhile, R Joy Alexis of Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu and Sweety of Ambedkarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh were the fastest boy and girl of the ongoing National Inter District Junior Athletics meet, winning the 100m races in the U-16 boys and girls category respectively.

Alexis, 15, clocked a time of 11.17 seconds to finish ahead of Aditya Kumar Singh of Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala and Ayush Raikhy of Chandigarh South who clocked times of 11.31 seconds and 11.47 seconds respectively.

In the girl’s race it was Sweety who crossed the finish line with a time of 12.52 seconds to take the gold. V Varsha of Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka took silver with a time of 12.57 seconds while Aditi Parab of Thane district in Maharashtra clinched the bronze medal with a time of 12.84 seconds.

With athletes delivering strong performances all around, it helped that there were senior athletes and coaches present to identify talent. Dronacharya winners Bobby George, long jump coach and N Ramesh were present at the Tarakarama stadium.

“We are here to support the AFI and identify talents. I believe it’s the largest meet in India in a calendar year, not only in athletics but across sports,” said Bobby George.

His thoughts were shared by Ramesh who said that athletes who failed to win their events need not worry. “It is a long term plan and we are here to identify budding talents."

Earlier on Sunday, N Amarnath Reddy, Hon’ble Minister for Industries, Government of Andhra Paradesh, declared the meet open in presence of District Collector Pradyumna PS, IAS and AFI Secretary CK Valson.

More than 4300 athletes from 436 districts of India are taking part in the three-day event being held at the Sri Venketeswara University stadium in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.

These numbers are an improvement from the 4283 athletes from 424 districts who took part at the 2017 edition of the National Inter District Junior athletics meet which was held in the city of Vizag in Andhra Pradesh. This means that representatives from an unprecedented 65.6 percent of India’s 640 districts are part of this competition. 

First launched in 2003, the National Inter district Junior Athletics Meet was meant to create an ecosystem which would identify, nurture and provide a national platform to thousands of promising athletes emerging from hundreds of districts in every nook and corner of the country.

Ever since the inaugural edition of the NIDJAM, over 50,000 district champions and budding athletes in the country have benefitted from participating in the tournament. The athletics federation of India (AFI) has a stated mission of tapping as many as 10,000 junior athletes from 606 existing districts in the state associations into the annual NID Junior Championship. 


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