Mangaluru, Jan 04, 2020: Juned K T of Mangalore University clinched the first place in the 20-km race walk for men at the 80th inter university athletic meet organised at Moodbidri.
He has also created a new record in the meet, which is being organised by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences and Alva’s Education Foundation.
Juned, being trained in Patiala, is eyeing a medal in the Olympics. He clocked 1 hour 26 minutes and 39.78 seconds while Naveen of Mangalore University, who clocked 1:26:53.56, won the second place. Rahul of University of Delhi (1:28:12.30) and Hardeep of Maharshi Dayanand University (1:29:4.68) won the third and the fourth places respectively.
Interestingly, all the four winners have erased the previous meet records. In 2013, the meet record was set by B K Kumar of Pt Ravishankar Shukla University Raipur and had clocked 1:29:08.00.
An elated Juned, a First year BA student of Alva’s College, Moodbidri, said, “Sports and sportspersons are given importance at the Alva’s College. Prior to this record, I had set junior-level national records. I am immensely pleased to win this record at university level.”
Hailing from Pachgaon in Gurgaon district of Haryana, he said, “None of my family members was educated. I had a liking for sports since my young age and used to run without wearing any shoes. At the National School Athletics Meet at Ranchi in 2018, I created a record in the 5-km walk. Later, I created a record in the 10-km walk in Jharkhand.”
Long jump record : In Long Jump (women), A Sherin from the University of Madras created a meet record with a leap of 6.32 m. She erased the record of 6.28 m, set by Mayookha Johny of the University of Kannur in 2008.
The other winners in the event are Aishwarya B, Mangalore University (6.25m), Maneesha Merel – Sambhalpur University (6.20m).