Rizwana Malik Heena clinched the Under-16 gold medal with a new mark at the 4th National Open 400m Championship at the LNCPE in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday. | Photo credit: Special Arrangements
Running in her maiden 400m race, West Bengal’s Rizona Malik Heena set a blistering pace to set a new national record in the girls’ under-16 category at the 4th National Open 400m Championship at LNCPE here on Monday. demonstrated.
After hitting the front at the first turn, the 15-year-old slowed down the race to take the lap of honor with the rest trailing behind. Rizwana stopped the clock at 53.22 to break the mark of 54.57 seconds set by Anjana Thamke in Lucknow in 2012.
Rizwana’s time was better than that of women’s winner Jyothika Sri and Under-20 winner Priya Mohan.
Razona was confident of breaking the national record as she routinely went under 53 during training. “My coach Arjun Sir asked me to go all out and I did exactly that in the race. The hard work paid off. I am happy that I broke the national record here,” said Rizwana, who holds the national 300m record. Also keep.
Andhra Pradesh’s Jyothika Sri upset favorite Aishwarya Mishra (Maharashtra) to win the women’s race. Aishwarya led for three quarters of the race but had no answer to Jyothika’s high finishing kick. Jyothika caught up with Aishwarya at the 350 mark and reached the finish in 53.26 seconds. Aishwarya finished second with 53.49.
Priya Mohan was the runaway winner in the Under-20 section.
Favorite V. Mohammad Ajmal stepped up confidently to win the men’s crown in 46.90 seconds, while Tamil Nadu swept the medals in the boys’ under-20 category.
Results (Final): Men: 1. V. Muhammad Ajmal (Kir) 46.90, 2. Rahul Ramesh (Moh) 47.54, 3. Santosh Kumar (TN) 47.72.
Boys: Under 20: 1. S Bharath (TN) 47.83, 2. A. Suraj (TN) 48.25, 3. R. Abishek (TN) 48.25. Under 18: 1. Ayush Balyan (UP) 50.42, 2. Himanshu Sharma (UP) 50.52, 3. Mohan Kumar (UP) 50.92. Under 16: M Nitin (Car) 51.22, 2. Arin Tyagi (Del) 51.66, 3. Soru Dahiya (Her) 52.60.
Women: 1. D Jyothika Sri (AP) 53.26, 2. Aishwarya Mishra (MA) 53.49, 3. Kiran Pahl (HAR) 54.29.
Girls: Under 20: 1. Priya Mohan (Car) 53.55, 2. Kuldeep Kaur (Pin) 56.97, 3. PR Neharika (TN) 57.41. Under 18: 1. Karushi Umesh (MA) 56.18, 2. Shirvani Sangle (MA) 57.88, 3. P Pavitra (TN) 58.25. Under 16: 1. Rizon Malik Hena (WB) (53.22; NR; Old: 54.57, Anjana Thamke, Lucknow, 2012), 2. Mansi Bhrikar (MAH) 56.77, 3. M Nethra (TN) 57.66.