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Bengal claim women’s title
- Soma misses out on hepotathlon gold - Punjab become overall champions

Jamshedpur: Bengal claimed the women’s team title with 90 points in the 43rd inter-state meet in Jamshedpur on Sunday. Punjab claimed the overall and men’s titles with tallies of 161 and 85 respectively.

The Bengal girls pocketed three golds on the final day — in javelin throw, triple jump and 4x400m relay. Manisha Mondal took the gold in javelin with a throw of 48.36m while Manisha Dey claimed the triple jump gold with a leap of 13.21m. Tincy Phillip of Kerala (12.63m) and Kalpana Das (12.42m) of Bengal got the silver and bronze in triple jump.

Bengal captain Soma Biswas settled for the women’s heptathlon silver with 5427 points while Sushmita Singh Roy missed the bronze to Bindu P. of Kerala. The gold was claimed by G.G. Pramila of Karnataka at 5787 points.

Later, Bengal swept the women’s 4x400 relay gold with a timing of 3:47.34s. The men’s 4x400m went to Kerela with a timing of 3:11.94 while Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand claimed the silver and the bronze.

Asian Games gold medallist Sunita Rani, who skipped the 1500m, took the gold in the women’s 5000m with a timing of 16:31.75. Delhi’s Pushpa Devi (17:07.89) and Maharashtra’s Vaishali Chatre finished second and third.

K. M. Binu and Jasmin Kaur set meet records in men’s 800m and women’s 20-km walk. Wayne Peppin of Tamil Nadu and S. Geetha of Andhra Pradesh were crowned the best men and women athletes.

Punjab pocketed the maximum seven golds, followed by Kerala and Bengal at six and five respectively.

Kerala’s Binu, brother of K.M. Beenamol, set the meet record shattering his own mark of 1:48.54 set in Chennai in 2000. The 22-year-old Binu clocked 1:48.18, ahead of statemate P.S. Primesh (1:48.78) and S.J. Shoesh of Maharashtra (1:49.61).

Jasmin, an assistant sub-inspector with the Punjab Police, beat Y. Bala Devi of Bengal to the 20-km gold in 1::45:28.36. Bala had set the earlier record with 1::47:18.4 in Bangalore last year. L. Deepmala of Manipur claimed the bronze.

“I would have improved my timing had rain not played a spoilsport. I would try to go for the 1::43.00 mark in the ATF meet in Manila,” Jasmin said later.

The women’s 800m gold was claimed by A. Singh of Punjab with 2:04.33. She edged out Sunita Kumari of Delhi and Punjab’s Ramla Devi, who got the silver and the bronze.

Ghulab Chand of Andhra Pradesh got the gold in the men’s 5000m timing 14:52.74 while the silver went to Uttar Pradesh’s Kuldip Kumar. I.A. Shivanandan of Andhra Pradesh settled for the bronze.

The men’s triple jump gold went to Shijuv of Kerala with a leap of 15.50m. Punjab’s Amarjeet Singh took the silver.

P.K. Tiwary of Uttar Pradesh got the men’s hammer throw gold clearing a distance of 65.92m.

Neelam J. Singh won the women’s discus gold with a hurl of 57.90m, way ahead of arch-rival Harwant Kaur who managed 54.92m. Haryana’s Seema Antil took the bronze.

Kerala’s Anil Kumar repeated his Bangalore performance winning the men’s 200m gold clocking 21.46. Madhya Pradesh’s Sanjay Ghosh missed out on a double and had to be content with the silver. Amit Saha of Bengal claimed the bronze.

The women’s 200m gold was claimed by Vinita Tripathy of Uttar Pradesh with a timing of 24.43 while the silver went to Poonam Tomar of Delhi. Rakhi Saha of Bengal got the bronze.

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