Tata Steel vice-president, corporate services, Sanjiv Paul releases balloons to inaugurate the Tata Group Community Athletics Championship. Picture by Bhola Prasad
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.