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National Youth Athletics Meet: Haryana is Champion

Haryana emerged champion beating Kerala at the National Youth Athletics Meet. Kerala was at the top place for the last five years. Haryana emerged champions with 166.5 points. Kerala has finished as the runners-up. However, Kerala managed to retain the team crown for girls while Haryana boys topped and won the boys’ title.

At the meet, Rohit Yadav improved his personal best in javelin throw and has a set a new meet record. Pole vaulter Nivya Antony of Kerala equaled her national youth record set at Coimbatore during the junior nationals.

The National youth athletics championships were held at the GMC Balayogi Athletics Stadium, Gachibowli, from April 21 to 23. The meet saw the participation of about 505 athletes.

The National youth athletics meet assumes importance as it was a selection meet for selecting Indian teams to participate in the Asian Championships in May in Bangkok and the World Youth Championships in Nairobi in July. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) had requested the Director, Anti Doping Agency to depute technical delegates and officials for the conduct of the meet and to prevent misuse of banned substances.

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M.R. Poovamma and Babita Kumari conferred Arjuna Award 2015

M.R. Poovamma and Babita Kumari have been conferred with prestigious Arjuna Award 2015 for their individual achievements in sports.

The award was presented to them by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Youth affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal in New Delhi.

M.R. Poovamma has been conferred with this award for her contributions in Athletics and Babita Kumari in the field of Wrestling.

About Arjuna Award

  • Established: It was instituted in 1961.
  • Given by Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to sportsperson in recognition of their outstanding achievement in National sports.
  • Award carries: Bronze statuette of Arjuna, a scroll and a monetary award of 5 lakh rupees.

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Usain Bolt wins 200 meters title at World Championships

Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt has won world 200 metre title in the World Athletics Championships held in Beijing, China.

In the final of the event Bolt finished the race by 19.55 seconds easily outstripped his rival Justin Gatlin of US who won silver medal.

This victory is Bolt’s fourth consecutive world 200 metre title which he had won earlier in 2009 (Berlin, Germany), 2011 (Daegu, South Korea) and 2013 (Moscow, Russia).

Usain Bolt’s Records

  • Usain Bolt is regarded as the fastest person in the world. He is the first man to win six Olympic gold medals in sprinting event and a ten-time World champion
  • He is the first athlete to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records and also is the first to achieve a “double double” by winning 100 m and 200 m titles at consecutive Olympics (2008 and 2012).
  • Till date Bolt has won 11 of the last 12 individual Olympic and world Championships titles since 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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