Babu Bhai wins Gold in 20-km walk

Bhopal: National record holder Babu Bhai of
Services outwalked 23 competitors to win Gold medal in the
grueling 20-km walk event at the 49th Open National Athletics
championships here today.

Babu, who holds the national record of 1::18:41 created
in Berlin, clocked 1::27:43.00 on the second day of the meet.

K Somendra Singh did proud to hosts Madhya Pradesh by
claiming silver medal as he clocked 1::30:03.00, while
Chandigarh`s Baljinder Singh secured third place by covering
the distance in 1::30:18.00.

B G Nagraj of Railways won the 100m gold medal of this
meet, emerging the fastest runner. He touched the tape in
10.55 seconds to pocket the gold, ahead of Ritesh Anand, who
clocked 10.57 sec and S Sathya, who finished with 10.59 sec.

Nagraj gave the season`s best performance after recovering
from the injury, he got in Ist Indian Grand Prix held in

"I have to win the Gold to prove myself because I was
injured and it turned into the season best" said Nagraj after
winning the race.

Railway has fielded a strong contingent in this meet and
they are on top of the medal tally with 8 golds.

Bureau Report