Amlan Borgohain sets national mark, Sable cracks 5000m meet record on debut

  • | Wednesday | 6th April, 2022

Kozhikode, Apr 6 (PTI) Assam"s Amlan Borgohain scorched the track to set a new men"s 200m national record by clocking 20.52 seconds on a rain-hit final day of the 25th National Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships here on Wednesday. Avinash Sable, known for excelling in the steeplechase, rewrote the men"s 5000m meet record with a fine effort over 13:39.43 that raised expectation that he could soon be claiming the national record standing in the name of Bahadur Prasad since 1992. Kartik Kumar"s bid for the distance double came unstuck in the face of Sable"s run. The 23-year-old Borgohain sank Muhammed Anas Yahiya"s existing mark of 20.63 seconds in a race that saw the top three finish inside 21 seconds. However, it was only Borgohain who matched the Asian Games qualifying standard set by the Athletics Federation of India. Having run successive sub-21-second races in September and March, he gave proof of his progress. The 23-year-old Borgohain, hailing from Meleng village in Assam"s Jorhat district, has won a gold with the fifth fastest time ever by an Indian in only his second 200m competition at senior level last year. A fan of Cristiano Ronaldo and Sunil Chhetri, football was Borgohain"s first love but he took up athletics once his armyman father was posted in Hyderabad, where they shifted from Assam. His father BC Borgohain retired as Subedar Major in 2009. Running his maiden competitive race over the distance at the national level, Sable became the fourth fastest Indian in the 12-1/2-lap race. In fact, it was the fastest 5000m by an Indian on home soil. The top three finishers, including Uttar Pradesh"s Abhishek Pal, met the Asian Games qualification criteria set by AFI. The triple jump saw a pulsating contest with Eldhose Paul of Kerala breaking a 10-year-old meet mark when he leapt 16.99m to claim gold. On a day when Praveen Chithravel (Tamil Nadu) and Karthik Unnikrishnan (Kerala) also secured qualification marks for the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, Eldhose Paul won by a comfortable margin. Two 31-year-old hammer throwers, Sarita Romit Singh (Uttar Pradesh) and Manju Bala Singh (Rajasthan), produced a riveting contest. Having traded the national record over the last so many years, they fought tooth and nail on Wednesday. Manju Bala Singh led with 63.12m on her third try but Sarita Romit Singh won gold with 64.16m on her fifth attempt. Manju Bala Singh also came up with a 64m throw on her last try but had to settle for silver. They pushed one another so competitively that it was the first time that both breached the 64m mark in the same competition. They also earned qualification marks for the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. In the thrilling women"s 200m final, Hima Das (Assam) held back a challenge from Aishwarya Kailash Mishra (Maharashtra) and Priya H Mohan (Karnataka). Hima Das stopped the clock in 23.63 seconds to win by one-hundredth of a second from 400m champion Aishwarya. Priya H Mohan, who did not compete in the 400m, settled for third place with a personal best time. There was a similar contest in the men"s 400m hurdles final, MP Jabir (Kerala) and T Santhosh Kumar (Tamil Nadu) coming home inside 51 seconds while Dhaval Mahesh Utekar (Gujarat) beat the fancied Ayyasamy Dharun (Tamil Nadu) to the bronze medal. The seasoned Anu Raghavan beat her younger Kerala team-mate R Arathi to the women"s 400m hurdles gold. PTI AH BS AH SSC SSC

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