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with an aim to improve the sporting system of the state. The committee these athletes by providing jobs and incentives so as to target Olympic podium. .. the positive role sports could play but these policies failed to meet the growing . Junior National Athletics: Kerala sweep team honours. She also bettered the Meet record of that her state-mate Tintu Luka had set in Old: s, MS Arun, TN, ); Kshitij Gajanan Bhoite (Mah) 2 (); MS Arun (TN ) 3 () Can Neeraj Chopra be India's First Olympic Medallist in. —Represented India in m and 4 x m relay in Seoul Olympics. KERALA STATE - INTER CLUB ATHLETIC MEET - KOCHI, Sujith Kuttan won . 56TH STATE JUNIOR ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIP , Nimina: m -- 1st Prize.
Tintu is from Kannur in Kerala.
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He father is a mason in Saudi Arabia, who has struggled all his life to make ends meet and provide for his wife and three daughters. Her village, Valathode, does not have electricty right now because of heavy rains.
Tintu was born in As a young child she walked 5 km through hills to reach school. Her big break in life came when her uncle read an advertisement in a newspaper. Tintu, who was a skinny child with raw talent, arrived at Usha's school.
Her parents were enthusiastic sportsmen, her mother Lissy had even been a state-level, long-jumper. She is not very tall in a field of strapping athletes from all over the world, but has long strides. And she is said to be fiercely aggressive.
As a young athlete at Usha's school she soon outran all other girls and had to race the boys as she trained. Luka broke into the international scene when she won the gold in the 4xm relay event at the 15th Doha Asian Games in She was 17 years old. She followed that up by winning the silver medal at the Asian Junior Athletic Championships held in Jakarta.
InLuka broke the year national m record held by Shiney Wilson at the Continental Cup in Croatia where she timed 1: October 20, Beating opposition down to the third and fourth places An old adage in Kerala has it that before the women of the state rock babies in their cradles, they rock the sports stadiums.
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At the end of the Asian Games preparatory camp in Hyderabad last month, it was clear that the girls from the country's coconut state, who included sprinter P.
Usha, 18, hurdler M. Valsamma, and long jumper Mercy Mathew, 21, were all set to uphold part of that adage. In workout after gruelling workout, Usha and the others consistently produced the kind of form that has won Kerala the women's championships at the nationals for the last five years, the overall championships for the last four years, and the all-India inter-university championships for the last eight years.
In fact, the Kerala girls have steadfastly beaten opposition down to the third and fourth places, and have usurped for themselves the competition for gold and silver. At an inter-state meet in Bangalore this year, M.
Mary, 23, matched stride for stride with Angel Mary Joseph to ultimately finish a close second in the pentathlon, falling behind by a close points.
The battle will be resumed at the next nationals when the two will compete in the newly introduced heptathlon, a testing series of seven events: This time around Mary is expected to give Joseph, who is recovering from a slipped disc and could not be present at the Hyderabad camp, a run for her medals. Another absorbing tussle, akin to the Steve Ovett-Sebastian Coe conflict which enlivened track meets all over the world last year, is developing between the fragile-looking Sreekumari Amma, 21, and Usha.
In January Sreekumari became the first Indian woman to break the second barrier in the m dash, clocking A month later, at the nationals, Usha made the m in Sreekumari finished one tenth of a second later: The two did not compete in the Delhi open nationals in March as both were busy with their studies.
But they will meet in Lucknow in late October.
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Age is on Usha's side, but Sreekumari says: The Keralites are also competing strongly at the pits. Mathew, who has several records under her belt, seems to be past her peak. However, she continues to hold the distinction for the longest leap, 6.
Spirited competitor But neither she nor Joseph, who leapt 6. Although Kerala boasts of the best women sprinters and long jumpers in India, it has no top-class high jumpers and long distance runners, Elizabeth K. Anna Kutty are two bright prospects for the high jump.
Rosamma could improve their performances in the m and m runs, and O.