Day three saw some exciting results in the athletics events.
Jeswin Aldrin of Tamil Nadu won the gold medal in the long jump with a mark of 8.26m at the National Games. In addition to the gold medal, he also crossed the qualifying bar for the World Championships in Athletics which will be held next year (2023). the qualification mark for the long jump at the Worlds is set at 8.25m. With this, three Indians have reached the qualifying mark for the world championships so far.
Jeswin Aldrin has been in great shape after his lackluster performance at the World Championships in July. In August and September, he left for a training and competition tour in Europe. Jeswin placed 4th at the Continental Tour silver meet in Lurzen with a jump of 7.90m. In the next event of the Golden Fly series, he jumped a distance of 8.12m and placed 1st. A gradual improvement in performance could be seen after July.
Murali Shreeshankar won silver at 7.93m and Anees Yahiya took bronze at 7.92m at the National Games.
Women’s Pole Vault
Tamil Nadu topped the podium winning gold, silver and bronze. Rosy Meena Paulraj won gold with a distance of 4.20m, breaking the national record after 8 years. Surekha was the previous female athlete to hold the record at 4.15m. Rosy broke the national record not once but twice, showing complete dominance.
Pavitra Vengatesh won silver with a distance of 4.00m and Baranica Elangovan won bronze at 3.90m.
Uttar Pradesh’s Usaid Khan stood out after Matchday 1 scoring 3711 points and leading the player tally. He broke his personal best in three out of five events contested at the National Games. Reaching 7,000 points will be a good feat for the 21-year-old after breaking that mark before this year.
Tajinder Pal Singh after a bad season won the services gold medal at 20.75m. He consistently threw the 20m-plus mark three times, showing signs of returning to his best.