Asian Games medallist Tintu Luka ruled the track on the final day of competitions as she smashed an 18-year-old meet record to win 800m gold before inspiring Kerala to 4x400m top spot in the 35th National Games on Friday, with Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) notching up a hat-trick of overall titles by finishing atop medals table.
Young long jumper Ankit Sharma upstaged national record holder Prem Kumar with a new meet-equalling effort to grab the spotlight on the second day of the National Open Athletics Championships here on Monday.
Top track and field stars, including the likes of Asian Games gold medallist discus thrower Seema Punia and women's 4x400m relay runners, will vie for top honours in the season-ending National Open Athletics Championships, which begins here on Sunday.
The Kerala government on Wednesday offered a job and announced a cash prize of Rs 15 lakhs to national hockey team vice-captain P R Sreejesh, whose stellar performance in front of the goal helped India beat arch-rivals Pakistan in the final of the Incheon Asian Games.
Tintu Luka, who won a gold and a silver medal at the Incheon Asiad and her mentor,former sprint queen and Olympian P T Usha were accorded a warm welcome today by various organisations, including Kozhikode District Sports Council.
The Indian men's hockey team regained the gold medal after a gap of 16 years while the women's 4x400m relay team also picked up a yellow metal as India added four medals to jump to the ninth position in the overall standings in the 17th Asian Games here on Thursday.
Vikas Gowda settled for a silver in men's discus throw as he failed to mount any serious challenge to his old nemesis Ehsan Hadadi of Iran while Tintu Luka qualified for the women's 800m race final on the fourth day of athletics competitions in the Asian Games here.
Mired in selection controversies and devoid of a Khel Ratna for the first time in 20 years, the National Sports Awards were on Friday presented by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here in a ceremony which was severely short on star power.