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Dharun Ayyasamy betters own 400m hurdles national record

Press Trust of India  |  Patiala 

Dharun Ayyasamy bettered his own national record to claim gold medal in the men's 400m hurdles at the 23rd Federation Cup even as eight athletes qualified for the Asian Athletics Championships on the second day of the competition, here Saturday.

Ayyasamy clocked 48.80 seconds to erase his own national mark of 48.96, which he had set at the 2018 in

Ayyasamy's effort was more than enough to meet the qualification standard of 50.00 for the Asian Championships, set by the

"I can go even faster. My goal is to record a time of 48.50. Maybe I will do it at the Asian Championships," said Ayyasamy after the race.

Ayyasamy finished far ahead of the field with Kerala's clocking 49.53s to claim silver.

M Ramchandran of took the bronze medal with a time of 50.57.

Saritaben Gayakwad of set a new meet record in the women's 400m hurdles with a timing of 57.21. The previous meet record of 57.39 stood in the name of who had recorded that mark in the 2017 edition of the tournament.

Arpitha M of closely followed Gayakwad, stopping the clock at 57.45. With the qualifying guideline standing at 57.50, both athletes booked their ticket to

Jauna Murmu would have to be satisfied with the bronze medal with her time of 57.58.

Two more runners of and Twinkle Chaudhary of -- qualified for the event in the women's 800m. Marimuthu clocked 2.03.21 while Chaudhary followed her with a time of 2.03.67. Both times were well under the qualification standard of 2.05.00.

A surprise was in store in the men's competition with Youth bronze medalist upsetting gold medalist Chitravel recorded a personal best jump of 16.51m to both claim gold medal and also qualify for the Asian Championships.

While Chitravel claimed his first gold medal at the Federation Cup, finished outside the medal bracket. Singh who was training in Chula Vista, California, finished in fourth place with a best jump of 16.34m.

(16.38m) of finished second ahead of (16.36m).

While jumps were not of the highest standard in the men's triple jump, the men's throw saw several throws of the highest quality.

The competition was won by who threw the spear to 82.56m. He was followed by Vipin Kasana (81.23m). While Singh had already qualified for the Asian Championships with a throw of 81.48m in the qualifying round, Kasana reserved ticket to Doha with his throw which exceeded the AFI qualification standard of 80.75m.

Rajender Singh claimed bronze with an effort of 79.75m.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 20:10 IST