Calcutta: Bengal athletes in the East Zone squad excelled at the three-day 15th national junior inter-zonal athletics meet which concluded in Bhopal Monday.
While the gold haul for the Bengal athletes (for which the East Zone girls finished runners-up) was impressive, Jhuma Khatun among under-16 girls was declared best athlete in that category with a national record and a meet record to her credit.
According to information reaching here Jhuma won the girls under-16 800m race in a national record time of 2:17.62, while she finished the 2,000m with a meet record.
Shilpi Dhali, among under-20 girls, picked up three golds (100m, 1,600m relay, 400m) and a silver (200m). also shining with golds was Sushmita Singha Roy (girls under-20) in the 100m hurdles and heptathlon.
OTHER BENGAL WINNERS
Girls U-20 1600m relay: Esmatara Khatun (the other Bengal athlete in the team). 5000m: Nasima Khatun. U-16 long jump: Safina Khatun. Pentathlon: Birangana Thakur. U-14 triathlon: Lavina Khatun.
Boys U-20 800m: Bachchu Durlav. U-18 100m: Rehmatullah Mollah. U-16 100m: Tanka Roy. U-14 triathlon: Dipankar Roy.