Ram Baboo breaks national record in men’s 35km race walk
Ram Baboo breaks national record in men’s 35km race walk. On the final day of athletic competition at the National Games, Ram Baboo of Uttar Pradesh won the men’s 35km race walk event while setting a new national record.
Baboo, a recent graduate of physical education who is currently unemployed, won the race in 2 hours, 36 minutes, and 34 seconds, setting a new national record.
The previous record of 2:40.16 belonged to Juned Khan of Haryana, who placed second in the race on Tuesday, clocking in at 2 hours, 40 minutes, 51 seconds.
This is the third national record in track and field events at the Games, following the women’s pole vault national record established by Rosy Meena Paulraj (Tamil Nadu) and the men’s pole vault national record set by Siva Subramaniam (Services). The other two records were set in the sport of weightlifting at the national level.
After World Athletics decided to eliminate the 50km event after the Tokyo Olympics, India replaced it with only the 35km race walk event last year.
After the show, Baboo said, “I will keep working hard to duplicate such time on an international scale also.” In 2016, he ran a 2:46:31.00 marathon and won the first-ever National Open Championships in Warangal.
Though he finished second in the National Race Walking Championships held in Ranchi in April with a time of 2:41:30.00, he was still unable to match the pace of Juned Khan, who had previously set the national record with a time of 2:40:16.00.
Two other individuals, a swimmer from the home state named Maana Patel and a sprinter from the state of Assam named Amlan Borgohain, stole the show by setting new records at the National Games.
In the morning 50-meter freestyle heats, Maana posted a personal best of 26.60 seconds. Later that night, she won the gold medal in the 200-meter backstroke by setting a new Games record of 2:19.74. As disappointing as it was for the local crowd, she did not win the 50-meter freestyle event.
Amlan (Assam) set a new standard for the 200-meter dash at the Olympics by breaking the record twice: once in the preliminary round and again in the final.
Even though four competitors in the final broke the 21-second mark, he still took home the men’s sprint double after also winning the 100-meter dash. Amlan blew through the competition in the final, crossing the finish line in 20.55 seconds after a fast start, a quick turn, and a strong finish.
Andhra Pradesh’s Jyoti Yarraji, who also won both the 100-meter dash and the 100-meter hurdles, would say that she was unlucky to win both. She ran the 100m hurdles in 12.79 seconds, making history as the first Indian woman to do so, but she was disqualified from holding the national or games record since the wind aid was greater than the allowed 2m/s.
At this year’s Federation Cup in Kozhikode, she sprinted to the finish line in 13.09 seconds despite a wind speed of +2.1m/s.
However, she outdid herself at the Harry Schutling Games in Vught, the Netherlands, by setting a new national record of 13.04 seconds. Despite suffering from a sore back, Purnima Pandey of Uttar Pradesh won the women’s +87 kilogram weightlifting event. A combined lift of 215 kilograms (95 kilograms in snatch and 120 kilograms in clean and jerk) was enough for Purnima to win first place, despite her placing only sixth at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The Rhythmic Gymnastics competition winners at the Sama Indoor Sports Complex in Vadodara were Richa Chordia and Sanyukta Kale, both of Maharashtra.
Although Thane’s Sanyukta scored the most points in the Hoop events (26.05), Richa’s performance with the Ball caught the eye of the judges and earned her 25.30 points.
After their men’s team beat Kerala 30-26, giving Maharashtra the kho kho golden double, Maharashtra led 26-10 at halftime. Earlier, the women’s team triumphed against Odisha 18-16 to claim the gold medal.
The men’s team from Manipur won two of the four gold medals at the Indian Bow tournament, and they split the prize with the team from Okram Naobi Chanu. After a 5-5 tie in the women’s individual, Okram beat Rathva Amita Ganpatbhai of Gujarat in a shoot-off determined by a single arrow. Women from Kerala prevented Manipur from winning a third gold medal.
Surat hosted the first round of the badminton tournaments, which saw top-seeded left-hander Malvika Bansod (Maharashtra) defeat Unnati Hooda (Haryana) 22-20, 21-13.
Both second seed Aakarshi Kashyap (Chhattisgarh) and home favorite Tasnim Mir won their first-round matches, setting up a mouthwatering quarterfinal showdown.
The men’s singles final will feature Maharashtra’s Arjun Kadhe versus Tamil Nadu’s Manish Suresh Kumar. At the same time, Gujarat’s Zeel Desai will take on Karnataka’s Sharmada Balu for the women’s singles title at the Riverfront Sports Complex in Ahmedabad.