Harmilan Kaur Bains breaks 19-year-old 1,500m national record at the National Open C’ships
Punjab’s Harmilan Kaur Bains broke a 19-year record to win the 1,500m title as Delhi teenager Taranjeet Kaur emerged fastest in the 100m at the 60th National Open Athletics Championships in Warangal on Thursday
Bains, 20, returned home in 4: 05.39 seconds to erase the mark set by Sunita Rani in 4: 06.03 at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan and she also broke the competition record of the OP Jaisha in 4: 11.83 (Delhi 2006).
Delhi’s KM Chanda (4: 18.24) followed Bains until the Punjab runner fled to the bell to win by a considerable margin.
Unbeaten in eight national-level races since January 2020, Bains has shown rapid progress, going from 4: 14.68 at the Khelo India University Games in Bhubaneshwar last year to 4: 08.70 and 4: 08.27 in the Cup de la Fédération (March 16) and Indian Grand Prix 4 (June 21) respectively at Patiala.
On Thursday, she finished with a national brand.
Taranjeet also came out on top, winning the 100m with a personal best of 11.50, two years after being hit by a car and breaking a collarbone.
Taranjeet broke his previous time record of 11.70 by two tenths of a second by winning the Junior Federation Cup (U20) title in Bhopal on January 25 of this year.
Naresh Kumar won the men’s sprint in 10.30 seconds, an Indian’s second fastest 100m time this year behind Gurindervir Singh’s 10.27 seconds at Patiala on June 26. It also gave the 23-year-old from Guntur a place in the top five fastest sprinters. in Indian history, giving him the match record, surpassing Anil Kumar’s 10.37 seconds set in 2001.
The race produced personal bests for Assam’s Amlan Borgohain and Harjit Singh (Services) of Assam with times of 10.34 seconds for both, a photo finish separating them by six thousandths of a second to secure the silver medal. at first. To their credit, the trio were able to script some superb races despite a few false starts from KS Pranav and Satnam Singh of Services.
The men’s 1500m race was shaken up when Parvej Khan (Haryana) inflicted two-time Asian Athletics Championships medalist Ajay Kumar Saroj (Railway) his first national loss since August 20, 2019.
Yaman Deep Sharma (Rajasthan) emerged as the top all-rounder with a 55-point victory over Usaid Khan (Services), building on his 182-point lead gained Wednesday on day one in the long jump, high jump and 400m .
Asian Games gold medalist Swapna Barman (Chemin de Fer) won the women’s high jump, while Sahil Silwal (Haryana) has shown he could be the javelin thrower to watch in the future in winning the men’s event with a final throw of 77.79m which saw him catapult from fourth place to the top step of the podium.