Mayookha wins 2nd gold, betters meet record in triple jump
Kolkata: National record holder Mayookha Johny bettered her own meet record in triple jump en-route to her double gold as the penultimate day of 51st National Open Athletics was reduced to a farce after the organisers had to cancel 3,000m women`s steeplechase due to lack of competitors.
Asian Games gold medallist and national record holder Sudha Singh, who was aiming for an Olympics berth from the meet, had to return home empty-handed as only two competitors turned up for 3000m steeplechase and the event had to be cancelled.
The day also witnessed a curious case in men`s 400m hurdles as Satender Singh and Avin A Thomas were adjudged gold medallists after a dead heat. In a rare case, they could not be separated in the photo finish and both were awarded a gold each after clocking an identical51.49s.
In red hot form after her effort of 14.11m in the Asian Athletics Championships in Japan in July, Mayookha had a modest effort of 13.71m but that was enough to better her own meet mark of 13.54m.
The 23-year-old from Kerala, who was representing ONGC, had bagged her first gold in the long jump event on the opening day.
There was nobody to stand up against Mayookha after former national record holder M A Prajusha pulled out in the last minute following cramps.
Mayookha has already secured a place in triple jump for the next year`s London Olympics.
Kerala made a clean sweep in the women`s pole vault event with Anoosha K K, Anusha K P and Dija K C securing the gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.