Kochi: Railways retained the overall title
for the sixth year in a row with a tally of 50 medals on the
concluding day in the 50th National Open Athletics
Championship here on Tuesday.
The highlight of the last day was Maharashtra woman
Kavita Raut`s shock win over national record holder Preeja
Sreedharan of Railways in the 10,000m race with a new meet
Railways bagged 18 gold, 14 silver and 18 bronze medals
while hosts Kerala finished runners-up by collecting gold, six silver and two bronze.
Railways athletes` domination was total and they
deservedly won the team championship in men`s category with 19
medals and in the women`s with 31 medals.
Star triple jumper Ranjith Maheshwari of Railways who
tallied 1,152 points and Kerala`s Tintu Luka with 1,125 points
were adjudged best man and woman athletes.
Kavita clocked 32:41.31 seconds to bag the 10,000m gold
ahead of Preeja, who finished at 32:41.72 secs bettering her
own meet record and Lalita Babar took the third slot with
The earlier meet record was held by Preeja at 33:25.00
set in 2007. However, the national record still remains in the
name of Preeja at 32:04.41 created in 2008.
Andhra Pradesh`s Md Abdul Najeeb Qureshi, who had earlier
won the 100m, completed a grand double annexing 200m gold with
a timing of 21.06 secs.