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Kerala dominates

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JAN. 29. Kerala's domination in athletics continued while Bengal ran away with top honours in table tennis on the second day of the National Women's Games here on Saturday.

Kerala added two more gold medals to its kitty to lead the points table with 83 points followed by Orissa (50) and West Bengal (29). Two meet records were broken on the second day. N. Latha of Tamil Nadu broke the existing record in shot put by hurling the iron ball to 14.88m. It bettered Bimi Singh's old record (14.32m) set last year.

In an interesting final in high jump, Tessymol Joseph and S. Aswathy cleared an identical height of 1.68 metres to break the existing record. However, Tessymol won the gold for having cleared the height on her first attempt. D. Karpoora Mala of Tamil Nadu came third after equalling the old mark (1.64m) set by Rachna Sharma of Delhi last year.

West Bengal won the title in table tennis thrashing Karnatka 3-0. However, Anju K. Thomas brought some cheer to the Kerala camp by entering the final in singles event. She beat back the challenge from West Bengal's Payal Adhikari in a tough seven-setter. Anju won 11-3, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 7-11, 12-14, 11-7.

The results:

Athletics: 100m: 1. Beevi Rajan (Ker), 2. Rekha Dey (Ori), Namitha Sanal (Ori) (12.56s); 400m: 1. Saraswathy Chand (Ori), 2. Puspa Thakur (HP), 3. Esmatara Khatun (Ben), (57.5s); High jump: 1. Tessymol Joseph (Ker), 2. S. Aswathy (Ker), 3. D. Karpoora Mala (TN), (1.67 - NMR; OR - 1.64m, Parbati Biswal, 2004); Shot put: 1. N. Latha (TN), 2. Archana Mondal (Ben), 3. Rasheeda A. Munshi (Guj), (14.88 - NMR; OR - 14.32m, Bimi Singh, 2004); 4x100m: 1. Orissa, 2. Tamil Nadu, 3. West Bengal (48.88s).

Table tennis: Team (final): Bengal bt Karnataka 3-0. Loser' s final: Uttranchal bt Tamil Nadu 3-0.

Singles (semifinal): Anju K.Thomas (Ker) bt Payal Adhikari (Ben) 11-3, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 7-11, 12-14, 11-7.

Badminton (singles): Quarterfinals: P. Joytsna (AP) bt C. Dhanya (Ker) 11-0, 11-0; Shravani (AP) bt Prija Chandran (Ker) 11-5, 11-7; Heena Kapoor (Pun) bt Meena (Har) 11-5, 11-9; Lekshmi Gupta (Del) bt Bhavana Gokhle (MP) 12-14, 11-4, 11-5. — Our Sports Reporter

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