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Steel city students shine

Ranchi edged out Jamshedpur to claim the overall championship title in the 16th Association of Schools for Indian School Certificate (ASISC) regional athletics meet, which concluded at the JRD Tata Sports Complex on Tuesday.

Ranchi amassed 225 points against 216 of hosts Jamshedpur on a day young athletes from both zones called the shots in track and field events. Other competing zones — Dhanbad, Deoghar, Bhagalpur and Patna — lagged far behind on the points table.

Gandharv Kumar Khan and Prasun Das of Jamshedpur walked home with the best senior and junior athlete awards while team mate S. Darshana won the title in the senior girls’ category. Aisha Pervin of Ranchi claimed the title in the junior eves section.

Amitab Bakshi, chief (procurement) of Tata Steel, handed over the trophies to the winners and runners-up outfits. The closing day function was marked by musical yoga performed by 60 students of School of Hope, Asha Kiran and Sidheshwara School for Deaf and Dumb.

Nishi Jaiswal of Jamshedpur, who slotted home the senior girls’ 100m sprint, notched the 200m with a timing of exactly 30 seconds. Ranchi's Aisha Perveen took the title in the junior eves section, clocking 30.3 seconds.

Mukesh Kumar Soni from Ranchi claimed the junior boys 200 m crown by breasting the tape in 24.4 seconds, defeating Jamshedpur's Laben Purty and Deoghar's Uttam Hansda. Bhagalpur's Kumar Ravi breezed past Jamshedpur competitor Abhishek Kumar Sinha and Ranchi's Sandeep Bhota to bag the title in senior boys’ 200m.

Jamshedpur bagged the top two slots in junior boys 100m hurdles thanks to Gurmukh Singh (16.3 secs) and Rahul Kumar (16.4 secs).

Md Owais Farooqui, the fastest senior runner of the meet, pocketed the 110m title with a timing of 17 seconds. Jamshedpur’s Saurabh Suman finished second.

Top honours in the senior boys and girls 800m was claimed by Jamshedpur runners Anuj Kumar and S. Darshana. The hosts also won the 800 m in the junior boys section through Laben Purty.

Jamshedpur athletes Kanhaiya Kumar Khan and Preeti Tirkey excelled in junior boys and girls discuss with a heave of 38.64m and 21.30m, respectively.