Maharastra athlete Rahul Kumar Pal won his second gold,and set his second meet record,by clocking 29:49.80 s to win the junior mens 10,000m on the concluding day of the Federation Cup Junior National athletic meet at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex on Thursday. Pal has now secured a place in the Indian squad for the World Junior Championships,to be held in Barcelona in July. On Wednesday,Pal won the 5,000 m gold.
The final event of the meet saw another impressive display from another Maharashtra athlete hurdler Durgesh Kumar Pal,a silver medalist at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore who clocked 51.26s to better the previous meet record of 51.94s,set in 2008 by Keralas Jithin Paul. Satish Pasala,who came a distant second with a timing of 53.15s,completed a Maharashtra one-two finish.
Durgesh holds the national junior record in the event 50.86s set at the Junior Nationals in Ranchi last year and came close to bettering it,only missing out because he misjudged the final hurdle. Durgesh won the best male athlete,while Bengals Priyanka Mondal who timed 55.81s in the 400m won the best female athlete award.
In all,13 new meet records five in the junior womens section were set during the three-day event. Bengal girl Sahanara Khatun claimed gold in both the 3,000 m and the 5,000 m,with meet records in both events. Odishas Purnima Hembram,meanwhile,took gold and a meet record in the heptathlon.
Haryana swept the 400-m junior mens event,with Sachin Kumar clocking 47.59s to gain Barcelona qualification. In all,17 boys in 11 events attained World Junior qualification norms,but no girl managed the feat.
Haryana won the overall championship,edging Kerala by just one point 140 to 139 while defending champions Tamil Nadu finished seventh.