Mangaluru, 1 May 2015: The first day of the 19th Federation Cup championship began with poor performance by veterans at the Mangala Stadium here on May 1.Surya from Tamil Nadu upset with her performance and Laxmanan from Army showed unhappiness after winning gold medals 5,000 meters race in respective sections.
In the Men’s 5000 metres race, G Laxmanan Laxmanan representing the Army won the first place with 13:58.40 minutes, Gopi also from the Army won the second place with a timing of 14:03.17 minutes and Suresh Kumar from ONGC bagged the third place in 14:03.28 minutes.
“I am representing Army. My best timing was 13:50 at the national championship”, Laxmanan said after the event.
In the 5000 metre women’s race, Sooria L from Tamil Nadu won the gold. Speaking to mangalorean.com, Sooria said, “I am not happy with my performance, because my earlier record was 16:20. I completed the race in 16:55.90 minutes.
After suffering from leg injury one month ago, I came back to the field. From the start of the race, I did not feel comfortable. I am not fully satisfied with my performance. I have to put more efforts in the next 10,000 metre race.”P V Chitra from Kerala claimed the second place with 16:56.29 minutes and Pariti Lamba from Haryana bagged third place in 16:56.51 minutes.