Tamil Nadu’s S Dhanalakshmi, who was stunned by Dutee Chand in the 100m final, beat another star athlete, Hima Das, in the 200m semifinals on Thursday, scoring a record time of 23.26 seconds in the National Athletics Championships for the Cup of federation here on Thursday.
Her victory over Hima Das (Assam) in the semi-finals raised her to the top 10 in the Indian all-time list. Archana Sussendran (Tamil Nadu) won her semi-final match in 24.07 seconds to raise expectations for an interesting final.
It should be noted that both Hima Das (23.10) and Archana Suseendran (23.18) have faster times than the one burned by Danalakshmi on Thursday.
Dhanalakshmi’s time improved PT Usha’s long-standing 22.80-second record set in Chennai in 1998.
After escaping 24.05 seconds when he finished third in the Federation Cup here two years ago, Dhanalakshmi recorded 23.47 in the Tamil Nadu State Championship in Sivakasi on January 24, making it the second time he has sunk under 23.50 seconds.
Returning to the race after a long break, Suapana Barman won the heptathlon race with a total of 5,636 points, with her 1.82m high jump score offset by 2: 29.98 in the 800m.
Marina George (Kerala) finished in second place, a poor performance in shot put, refusing to beat the 2018 Asian Games champion in the grueling seven-event challenge.
Leader Krishan Kumar (Haryana) repelled a strong challenge in the last 100 meters of Ankesh Chowdery (Himachal Pradesh) in the men’s 800 meters. Those who lagged behind Krishan Kumar at the bell may have expected him to slow down, but he pressed on.
Ankesh Chaudhary picked up the pace and even held the lead for a short time while on the home straight, but could not join.
Chanda from Delhi won the women’s 800m in the best personal time of 2 minutes 2.57 seconds. It was the fastest time of an Indian woman after 2: 00.58 at Tintu Luca at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It was a bold effort from start to finish by Chanda, but she finished outside the Olympic qualifiers set at 1: 59.50.
Lily Das (Bengal) climbed from sixth place with the remaining 150 meters and set her time to move to the outer lane so that she could get past MR Poovamma (Karnataka) with just a few steps to the finish.
It was also Lily Das’ personal best time, 2: 02.98, improving to 2: 03.46, which she turned in Guntour in July 2017. Poovamma (2: 03.35) also won her personal best.
In fact, with Rachna (Haryana), Shalu Chaudhary (Delhi) and Aishwarya Mishra (Maharashtra) also reporting their best times, half a mile for women saw the top six racers reach new heights, respectively.
Speaking of personal records, Gracena Glistus Mery (Tamil Nadu) achieved such with 1.84 million efforts to win the women’s high jump. The 20-year-old cleared that height on her second attempt after needing three attempts to cross the beam when it was set at 1.81m. Her previous best score of 1.79m was achieved in the university trials at Bubaneswar. on March 8.
The last time an Indian woman jumped higher than 1.84m on a Gracena Mery was in 2017, when hepatic athlete Swapna Barman cleared 1.87m. In this way, the girl from Kanyakumari became the newest Indian high jumper to join the club at 1.80 meters.