Star sprinter Hima Das and her Assam team-mate Amlan Borgohain won the women’s and men’s 100m dash gold respectively by the thinnest of margins as they became the fastest woman and man of the championships.
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The 31-year-old Kaur, who was handed a four-year ban from July 2017 after testing positive on four occasions that year, hurled the iron ball to a distance of 18.06m in her fourth attempt. She became the first Indian woman to cross 18m in shot put.
Kaur’s earlier national record was 17.96m set in 2015. She has breached the Athletics Federation of India’s qualifying standard of 17.76m for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
Kaur had recorded a massive 18.86m performance in 2017 but that was erased from the record books after the dope flunk. The gold she won in the 2017 Asian Championships was also stripped off.
She had returned to action in September last year with a third-place finish in the National Open Championships.
Kiran Baliyan of Uttar Pradesh was a distant second with 16.85m while Maharashtra’s Abha Khatuawas third with 16.69m.
Hima beat national record holder Dutee Chand, clocking 11.43 seconds, her personal best over the distance. Dutee, representing Odisha, was one-hundredth of a second behind Hima with 11.44s.
Veteran Srabani Nanda, also of Odisha, was third with a time of 11.53s. Dutee’s national record stands at 11.17s. The qualifying standard set by Athletics Federation of India for the Commonwealth Games is 11.31s.
“This is my best moment. It’s special because I have been inspired by the likes of my senior Dutee and I was able to do well against her,” she said.
Hima holds the national record in 400m with a time of 50.79.
Borgohain, who holds the national record in 200m (20.52), clocked 10.47s to win the 100m dash, one-hundredth of a second ahead of Elakkiyadasan K (10.48) of Tamil Nadu. Harjit Singh of Punjab was third in 10.55.
Rookie Haryana quartermiler Kiran Pahal, who has run the second fastest time (51.84s)of the season at the state championships last month, took the women’s gold with a time of 52.47 while another up and coming athlete, Rupal Choudhary of Uttar, won the silver in 52.72. R Vithya Ramraj of Tamil Nadu took the bronze in 53.78s.
“I don’t know what to say. I am happy that I won gold but at the same time I am not satisfied as I had come to qualify for the World Championships. My target was 51.35s,” Kiran said after winning gold.
One of the gold medal favourites, Priya Mohan did not start as she was not well. The qualifying standard for the World Championships, to be held in Eugene, USA from July 15 to 24, is 51.35.
M Sreeshankar expectedly won the gold in men’s long jump with an effort of 8.23m while Muhammed Anees Yahiya (8.15m) and R Swaminathan of Tamil Nadu (7.89m) were second and third respectively.
Sreesankar’s national record stands at 8.36m. He has already qualified for the World Championships and breached the AFI standard for the CWG.