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Indians dazzle in athletics at CYG
PUNE, OCT 16 (Agencies):
Published on 17 Oct. 2008 12:42 AM IST
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Indian athletes dazzled with a rich haul of medals, including four gold, and setting four meet records on the concluding day of the athletics competition in the third Commonwealth Youth Games on Thursday. India bagged four gold, three silver and two bronze to take the total medal haul in athletics to six gold, seven silver and six bronze, while England topped in the blue riband discipline with seven gold, three silver and three bronze. In boys javelin throw and girls triple jump, the first two places came to the hosts. Allahabad’s Nand Kumar Tripathi and Rohit Kumar finished first and second with efforts of 71.52m and 67.60m. Tripathi set a new CYG record with his throw. Australian Luke Bissett took the bronze. Shraddha Ghule and Gayathri Govindraj took the first two spots in triple jump. For Thane girl Shraddha, her effort of 13.11m was a new CYG record and her first international medal. Ainsey Ackerman of Australia won the bronze. For Chennai girl Gayathri, it was her third medal in CYG as she had got a relay gold on Wednesday and on Tuesday she had won a silver in 100m hurdles. Indian boys quartet of Jithin Paul, Dharambir, Inderjeet Singh and Parveen Kumar entered into the CYG record books also when their combined effort of 3:13.32 en route to the gold medal became a new games record in the 4x400m relay. South Africa finished second with a timing of 3:14.01, while New Zealand took the bronze with 3:14.26s. The girls relay team of Chinchu Jose, Anu Mariam Jose, Arya Chandrika and Poovamma too set a new CYG record en route to relay’s third gold. The girls relay team had bagged their first gold in 4x100m on Wednesday. The Indian quartet timed 3:42.02 to enter into the CYG record books, while Canada finished second with 3:45.46s. Australians took the bronze with an combined effort of 3:46.10s. Boys long jump earned India one silver and one bronze medal. Rositto Sax Andrews Rayan finished second with a leap of 7.24m, while Azarudeen Buhari settled for the third spot with 7.14m. South Africa’s Stefen Brits reigned supreme with 7.38m. High jump saw India’s Nikhil Chittarasu bag a silver with a 2.09m effort, while South Africa’s Willem Wayne Voigt took the gold by clearing 2.11m. Discus thrower Santosh Kumari missed a bronze as her effort of 41.48m was not enough. Briton Shaunagh Brown took the bronze with a throw of 42.96 while Lamataimi Lolo of Australia took gold with 50.49 - a CYG record. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Shehan Sadaruwan Abeypitiyage and England’s sprint queen Shaunna Thompson did a sprint double by winning the boys and girls 200m events on Thursday, to add to their 100m victories. The Sri Lankan timed 21.27 for the gold in the event which also saw Indian Amiya Kumar Mallick bagging a bronze with a timing of 21.33s. The Orissa sprinter injured himself and had to go to the medal ceremony with a wheelchair. Ray Williams of Australia bagged the silver with 21.30s. Shaunna added another CYG record to her 100m new mark set yesterday en route to her gold medal with a timing of 23.42s. Rachael Nachula of Jamaica and Lauren O’Sullivan of Australia finished second and third respectively.

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