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National record by Jhuma Khatun

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.

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