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Since 1st March, 1999
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Saraswati betters Usha’s mark

New Delhi: Saraswati Saha continued her superb form in the women’s 200m at the 42nd National Open athletics, recording a sub-23 second mark for the second time in less than ten days. In the process she also erased P. T. Usha’s meet record of 23.2 seconds, set here in 1986.

The Railways’ athlete, who clocked 22.82 seconds to shatter Rachita Mistry’s national record of 23.10 seconds in Ludhiana in the last Circuit Meet August 29, Sunday stopped the clock at 22.83 seconds for the record.

Anuradha Biswal had a national record-equalling effort in women’s 100m hurdles and meet records were set by Manisha Dey and Anand Menezes in women’s triple jump and men’s 200m, respectively, on the second day of the meet. And Hardeep Kaur set a national mark in women’s hammer throw.

Biswal’s 13.38 seconds equalled her own effort on the same track in the Circuit Meet.

Menezes had a meet record of 21.06 seconds, beating Anil Kumar’s 21.13 set in Bhopal in 1999.

In women’s triple jump Railways’ Manisha Dey leaped to 13.35m to erase Lekha Thomas’ name from the meet record.

Later, LIC’s Hardeep set the national record, clearing 61.67m. She erased her own mark of 61.56m set last year in Ludhiana.

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