BespectacledBalakumar Nithin of Tamil Nadu set the Khelo track alight here with a personal best-equalling 100m dash in the boys Under-21 category on Friday.
Nithin clocked 10.76 seconds, the same as when he took bronze at the All-India Inter-Universities Championship in Moodbidri and raised his right arm aloft, aware that he had sealed what seemed like an improbable win after 70m.
A sluggish start saw him trailing badly but the Chennai-based 19-year-old was eventually a comfortable winner, a media release said.
The line-up at the start was formidable since it included national junior champion Ajith Kumar and silver medallist M. Karthikeyan, Nithin's state-mates, and bronze medallist Nevil Francis Fernandez of Kerala.
None of them was among the medals tonight.
Four other runners dipped in under 11 seconds in what was a fast race.
Karnatakas Prajwal Mandana lost the lead and earned silver, one-tenth of a second behind Nithin.
Karnatakas A. T. Daneshwari beat Maddali Supriya yet again for the title of the fastest girl Under-21 athlete here.
Maharashtra's Sudeshna Shivankar claimed gold in 12.48 seconds in the girls Under-17 100m final on a night that saw the four sprint golds head to different states.
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