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Murali becomes second fastest Indian in 10,000m

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

New Delhi: Young long distance runner Gavit Murali Kumar bagged a gold in men's 10,000m race at the Gouden Spike meeting in Leiden, Netherlands to become the second fastest Indian in this event as the country's track and field athletes continued their build-up for the upcoming Asian Games.

The 21-year-old Kumar, a bright talent from Gujarat, clocked a personal best of 28 minute 43.34 seconds, the  best by an Indian in the ongoing season. Current long-distance coach Surendra Singh, who holds the national record of 28:02.89, has run faster than Kumar on four occasions.

Kumar's earlier best was 29:33.85 during the Federation Cup in Patiala in March.

The men's 10,000m bronze medal winner in the 2014 Asian Games had clocked 28:45.65.   

The Gouden Spike is one of the top meetings in The Netherlands. Its current European Athletics status is Outdoor Meetings with National Permit.      
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India’s Saweety Bora (75 kg) outshone her compatriots as she emerged as the sole gold medal winner from the Indian contingent, while in the men’s department, Brijesh Yadav (81 kg) and Virendra Kumar (91 kg) suffered heartbreak in the finals and settled for silver, here at the Umakhanov Memorial Tournament.

Saweety started off well but her opponent, Anna Anfinogenova from Russia, fought tooth and nail to keep the contest evenly contested. But the Indian lass retained the upper hand in the clash to emerge victorious with a split decision to stamp her authority on the gold medal.

However, in the men’s division, Brijesh Yadav couldn’t cope up against his Russian opponent’s quickness and settled for silver. Rabadanov towered over the Indian with his punches and beat him 5-0.

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