Thingalaya bags 110m hurdles gold

Patiala: Siddhanth Thingalaya of ONGC clocked an impressive 13.69secs, the fastest by an Indian on home soil, to win men`s 110m hurdles gold on the final day of the 16th Federation Cup Senior National Athletics Championship here on Tuesday.

However, Thingalaya`s time was below the Olympic qualification norm of 13.60s as well as the Indian best 13.66s which he clocked at the Australian National Championships in Melbourne on April 15.

Tamil Nadu hurdlers J Surendhar and T Balamurugan finished second and third respectively.

As expected, Kerala`s C T Raji took the top spot in women`s 100m hurdles, clocking 14.61s, the slowest winning time in all the 16 editions of the championships.

Shot putter Saurabh Vij, who tossed the iron ball to a season`s best 19.80m during the first leg of Indian Grand Prix here two weeks ago, also had a disappointing evening as he fouled in three of his series and could not go beyond 18.42m which fetched the gold to him.

In yet another keen contest, Kerala runner Sajeesh Joseph once again overpowered veteran Ghamanda Ram (ONGC) in the men`s 800m but barely missed the Olympic grade by just over two seconds in his winning time of 1:48.36.

Heptathlete Sushmita Singha Roy, who had a hat-trick of wins in the Fed Cup (2006-08) after B N Sumavathy (1995-97) and J J Shobha (2002-04), extended her number of wins to four in this event after having skipped the previous edition at Ranchi in 2010.

The Bengal woman, who turned 28 just four weeks ago, could gather only 5553 points to win her event on Tuesday.

Haryana sprinter Manisha won the women`s 200m race in 24.81s while Kerala`s M A Prajusha won the women`s triple jump with an effort of 13.12m. ONGC`s Sinimole Paulose won the women`s 800m in 2:07.01.

Chattisgarh won the men`s longer relay in 3:18.08 while the women`s event had to be cancelled owing to lack of entries.

ONGC took the overall championship title with nine gold, six silver and five bronze medals. Defending champions Kerala finished runners-up with 7-7-5.

ONGC topped the medal`s tally among men with 86 points while Kerala stood first in the women`s section by pushing the medal leader Uttar Pradesh (4-2-2) to second place on points (44 to 37) basis.

The decision to award the championships based on points to six places came into effect from this meet as approved in the Annual General Body Meeting of the federation at Manesar earlier this month.