Chennai: Jithin Thomas shocked national record holder Hari Shankar Roy to clinch the gold in high jump on a day of upsets on the third and penultimate day of the 52nd National Open Athletic Championships here on Wednesday.
Services’ Thomas cleared 2.22m to set a meet record while Roy of Jharkhand finished second with an effort of 2.19m. Junior prodigy S. Harshith (ONGC) took the bronze with 2.16m. However, Thomas tried to obliterate the national record of 2.25m by attempting to clear 2.26m but failed in all his three attempts.
In shot put, national record holder and Olympian Om Prakash Karhana finished third with a disappointing effort of 17.81m, well below his personal best of 20.69m.
Jasdeep Singh, representing ONGC, won the gold with a personal best of 18.14m. Railways’ Satyender Kumar was second with 17.85m. (PTI)