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Shikha qualifies for Athens
- NATIONAL AQUATICS l Four national records set on second day

Calcutta: Shikha Tandon of Karnataka confirmed her place in the 2004 Athens Olympics with her gold-medal winning 50m free-style performance in the 57th national aquatics at the Subhas Sarobar on Thursday.

According to a senior SFI official, her timing (26.61sec.) was way ahead of the qualification mark of 26.92. In fact, she broke her own record national record of 27.57 set in the heats on Thursday itself. While Reshma Millet of Karnataka got the silver, Rishu Mehra of the Police clinched the bronze.

Three more national records were set on the day. While the Karnataka women broke their own record (9:06.29) in the 4x200m free-style relay with a timing of 9:01.27, the Police men broke the record, held by Railways, in the same event. The Police team clocked 8:13.38, eclipsing the earlier record of 08:15:60.

Richa Mishra of Police broke her own record in the 400m individual medley with a timing of 5:08.57. Her earlier national mark was 5:15.28.

While Gairik Bardhan got a silver in the menís 50m breast-stroke, Bamdeb Giri clinched a bronze for Bengal in the menís diving. Those were the only medals for Bengal on the day. Mamoni Mondal of RSPB clinched the womenís high board diving gold with 337.30 points.

Former national champion Sebastian Xavier had a forgettable end to his career in an individual event when he was disqualified inspite of finishing second in the menís 50m for a false start. T.A. Sujith won the gold.

Tandon, the star of the day, is undecided about taking part in the forthcoming Afro Asian Games, since she is planning to make a trip to Brisbane for further training. Meanwhile, it is learnt that there will be no dope tests, though, the nationals are the qualifying for the Afro-Asian Games.


MEN ó 400m Individual Medley: 1. Srinand Srinivas (Kar, 4:51.30) 2. Arjun Muralidharan (Police, 4:52.00) 3. Nilendu Jena (SSCB, 4:56.90). 50m breast-stroke: Deepak Kumar Singh (Police, 30.43) 2. Gairik Bardhan (Ben, 31.11) 3. Puneet Rana (Pun, 31.49). 50m free-style: T.A. Sujith (SSCB, 24.23) 2. Varun Divgikar (Mah, 24.56) 3. Saiju Joseph (SSCB, 24.61). 4x200m free-style relay: Police (8:13.38) 2. SSCB (8:15.82) 3. RSPB (8:25.35). High board diving: 1. Sachi Tripathi (RSPB, 438.95) 2. Bhausaheb P. Dighe (RSPB, 391.30), Bamdeb Giri (Ben, 385.40).

WOMEN ó 400m Individual Medley: 1. Richa Mishra (Police, 5:08.57) 2. Ambica N.S. Iyengar (Kar, 5:20.79) 3. Bhavana Sharma (Police, 5:28.07). 50m free-style: Shikha Tandon (Kar, 26.61) 2. Reshma Millet (Kar, 28.07) 3. Rishu Mehra (Police, 28.90). 3. 4x200m free-style relay: Karnataka (9:01.27) 2. Poilice (9:32.98) 3. Kerala (9:48.06). High board diving: Mamoni Mondal (RSPB, 337.30) 2. Suparna Paul (RSPB, 326.15) 3. Sunanda Adhikari (Police, 302.30).

WATERPOLO (group stage): MEN ó Bengal bt Karnataka 18-0; Police bt Kerala 12-4. WOMEN ó Maharashtra bt Karnataka 4-0; Bengal bt Manipur 15-4.

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