Purnima Hembram qualify for Asian Championship

Mangaluru: State’s former Asian junior champion Purnima Hembram (5462 points) and Kerala girl Liksy Joseph (5458) made it to the senior Asian meet in heptathlon.

National record-holder Arpinder Singh was over a metre short of his best in triple jump to win in a paltry 16.13m.

Tamil Nadu’s promising youngster S N Mohammed Salahuddin, representing Tata Motors, settled with the silver in 15.86m while U Karthik (IAF) completes the podium with 15.82m.

In four days of competitions, 25 athletes (including 10 women) have made the cut for the Asian championships.

Shot putter Inderjeet Singh (Haryana) and javelin thrower Devender Singh (Army), who sets new meet records, went home with a cash reward of Rs. 25,000 each.

Inderjeet, who amazed with a 20.65m toss ?- the best by an Indian on home soil — have been adjudged as the “Best Athlete”, while in women’s section the honour went to Srabani Nanda – who equaled her previous best of 11.59 secs in 100m.

The Army team pushed defending champion Tamil Nadu (114 points) to runner-up position for the overall championship.

Army, who garnered 123.5 points, also took the men’s trophy whereas the TN boys stood a distant second with 48 points.

Kerala was crowned the women’s champion with 86 points, while hosts Karnataka finished runner-up by collecting two points ahead of TN girls (68 to 66).