National Open Athletics Championship: Long Jump Athlete Shaili Singh Wins Gold Medal

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Shaili Singh’s opening effort of 6.25m, 18-year-old from Uttar Pradesh, was better than the 6.22m of Kerala’s Shruti Lakshmi and Naina James. This was Shelly’s best effort of the season, due to which she was able to win the gold medal.

BENGALURU : Shaili Singh clinched the women’s long jump title with 6.41m in her final attempt, making her debut on the final day of the National Open Athletics Championships on Wednesday. This was Shelly’s best effort of the season, due to which she was able to win the gold medal. The 18-year-old from Uttar Pradesh’s opening effort of 6.25m was better than the 6.22m of Kerala’s Shruti Lakshmi and Nayana James.

In the men’s 200m event, Ragul Kumar of Tamil Nadu secured the first position with a timing of 20.87 seconds. This is the third best performance by an Indian this year. This year, Amlan Borgohain clocked 20.52s and 20.55s respectively in the Federation Cup in April and the National Games earlier this month.

Murli Kumar Gavit of Gujarat won the men’s 10,000m race, his first national title in four years. He won double titles in Bhubaneswar in 2018. Railways’ Ankita Dhayani (34:39.05) won the first 10,000m race at the national level.

Ram Babu of Uttar Pradesh and Payal of Uttarakhand secured the first position in the men’s and women’s walking events (35m). Ram Babu took two hours, 29 minutes and five seconds. Payal clocked three hours, four minutes and 48 seconds to beat the record holder Ramandeep Kaur.

Army’s shot put athlete Tejinderpal Singh Toor (1162 points) and Railways’ 100m hurdles athlete Jyoti Yaraji (1174 points) were adjudged the best athletes in the men’s and women’s categories respectively. Railways won the team championship with 297 points while Sena (174 points) and hosts Karnataka (69.50 points) finished second and third respectively.

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