Kochi: Maharshtra`s Kavita Raut stunned
National and Meet record holder Preeja Sreedharan (Railways)
in the 10000m women`s event to clinch the gold with a new
record in the 50th National Open Athletic Championship here
In a close race, which saw the lead change quite often,
Kavita forged ahead with 50 metres to go, held on to the lead
and won with a time of 32:41.31 secs.
Preeja took the silver, timing 32:41.72 secs, while
Lalita Babar of Railways got the bronze medal,clocking
The fallen record of 33:25.00 sec stood in the name of
Preeja, who too had bettered her own mark.
"I was hoping to do well here. It was a close race and I
am happy I could win. Preeja Didi is a good friend of mine," a
jubilant Kavitha told PTI.
An ONGC employee, Kavitha said the weather conditions was
were very good and she hoped to perform better in the
In men`s 10000m race, S Raghunath of Police captured the
gold medal with a time of 30:03.08 secs, while teammate Ajay
Kumar Patel settled for the silver at 30:07.60 secs. Ajay Veer
Singh of Railways got the bronze with 30:13.38 secs.
The 200m and 400m in men`s and women`s sections are among
the other events scheduled for the evening.
Reigning overall champion Railways are virtually assured
of the title, having collected 15 gold, 10 silver and 14
bronze medals, while Tamil Nadu is second with 4 gold, 1
silver and 4 bronze.