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Talents shine on track

Athletes from Kolebira hogged the limelight on the opening day of the second Tata Group Community Athletics Championship, which kicked-off at Sumant Moolgaonkar Stadium in Telco on Tuesday.

Chakradharpur (CKP) and Kharangajhar also did not lag behind and tried hard to put up a stellar show. Raw but talented athletes from the three places retained the top slots in five events.

Kolebira’s Sabatre Banda slotted home the under-16 girls’ 1000m top slot by breasting the tape in 3:39.0 seconds. She outclassed West Bokaro’s Ranjeeta Kumari (3:44.05 seconds) and Jamshedpur East’s Varsha Kumari, who managed 3:57.08 seconds.

However, Kolabera’s Sejan Jojo (2:49.00) had to be satisfied with the second position in the under-16 boys’ 1000m. He lagged behind eventual winner Kundiya Malgandi from CKP (2:48.09).

Kolebira also snapped a second slot in under-14 boys’ long jump thanks to Shiv Kumar Mahto (5.44 m). Jamadoba’s Rabi Kumar topped with a leap of 5.52m while Kharangajhar’s Islam Khan managed the third position with 4.89m.

The outfit’s Nitu Lohar breezed ahead of her rivals to claim the top spot in under-16 girls’ shot put. The short-height thrower hurled the iron ball to a distance of 6.73m to bust the challenge of Matladih’s Anita Soren (6.49m) and Kairy Ban Singh (6.29m) of Chaibasa. Kolebira’s Sunita Hembrom finished third in girls’ under-18 3000m, behind Jamadoba’s Sona Kumari and Kuchai’s Damyanti Hembrom.

CKP’s Sahu Bari and Hari Purty claimed the top two slots in the under-18 boys’ 3000m by breasting the tape in 9:49.01 seconds and 9.59.05 seconds pushing Jamshedpur East’s Vikash Kumar (10.05.08) to the third position.

Majhi Banlira, also from CKP, walked home with first position in the under-14 boys’ 600m with a timing of 1:36.2. He outclassed Kuchai’s Sidhartha Banra (1:37.0 seconds) and Jamshedpur West’s Khela Soren (1:41.05).

Kharangajhar’s Aakash Kumar Singh won the under-16 boys’ shot put with a throw of 10.74m, tripping Jamshedpur West’s Suraj Jha (9.91m) and Manoharpur’s Snehal Singh (9.85m).

Kharangajhar also excelled in under-16 girls’ long jump with Maina Murmu (3.65m) and Dipali Gorai (3.48m) bagging second and third slots.