Mumbai’s Jay Shah breaks Triple Jump national record at National Inter-University Championships

Within a year, the athlete has made remarkable progress after he broke his personal best of 15.07m this year and expanded his leap by almost more than a metre

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Triple Jump is one of the emerging sports in the country and as a result, Arpinder Singh bagged a gold medal at the Jakarta Asian Games 2018. And once again, the sport has received a boost in the country with Mumbai’s Jay Shah breaking the meet record with a 16.36m effort at the 79th National Inter-University Championships held at the Swaraj Stadium on Monday. 

And as Shah broke the record, assistant national coach Bibu Mathew was seen extremely interested in the young man and was keen on getting details about Shah. Within a year, the athlete has made remarkable progress after he broke his personal best of 15.07m this year and expanded his leap by almost more than a metre.

I used to get very nervous before competitions earlier. I have overcome that now… and now I’m getting the big jumps,” said the 21-year-old.

With this feat, the athlete has bested Mangalore University’s Youth Olympics bronze medallist Praveen Chitravel’s 16.05m attempt which won him the silver.

On the other hand, along with Shah’s record-breaking act, several other performers delivered groundbreaking performances. However, none of it attracted the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). Even the stunning form of 100m runners on Sunday wasn’t enough for bringing the NADA officials which led to the raising of several eyebrows.

In response, C.K. Kishore Kumar, the organising secretary said, “We didn’t call them, but they should have come here if they felt so.”

The Results

Men

400m: 1. K. Rajesh (Madras) 47.68s, 2. Rohan D. Kumar (Mangalore) 48.02, 3. K. Rahul Ramesh (Mumbai) 48.12.

Triple jump: 1. Jay Shah (Mumbai) 16.36m NR, OR 16.05, 2. Praveen Chitravel (Mangalore) 16.05, 3. G. Kiruba (Anna, Chennai) 15.78.

Discus: 1. benake Kirtijum (Shivaji) 52.59m, 2. Vanam Sharma (Mangalore) 51.76, 3. Paramjith (Kalinga) 49.22.


Women

400m: 1. V.K. Salini (MGU, Ktm) 54.21s, 2. Jerin Joseph (MGU, Ktm) 54.45, 3. R. Vithya (Bharathiar) 54.48.

Javelin: 1. Poonam Rani (Mangalore) 53.26m MR, OR 52.64, 2. Saloni (MJP Rohilkhand) 48.25, 3. Pushpa Jakhar (Maharaja Ganga Singh) 47.44.

20km walk: 1. Ravina (MDU) 1:43:58.64s, 2. Sonal Sukhwal (Mohanlal Sukhadia) 1:47:14.53, 3. K.M. Priyanka (MGKV, Varanasi) 1:49:21.85.

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