14 new records set at MU inter-collegiate athletics championship2 min read
Manipal: The annual Inter-collegiate Athletic championship of Manipal University (MU), organised by Manipal College of Nursing (MCON) was held at the Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) grounds on October 15 and 16. 19 colleges of MU participated in 17 events for men and women over two days.
Dr. G.K. Prabhu, Registrar, MU, was the chief guest for the inaugural ceremony. Ashwini Nachappa, an ex-Olympian sprinter; Sunil Kumar Shetty, a national level javelin thrower; and Babu Shetty, a national level athlete, were also present at the inauguration.
A total of 14 meet records were broken, nine of them on the first day itself. Three records were broken by Sujatha of MCON, Manipal, in long jump and in the 200 metres and 400 metres races. She won three gold medals and went on to lift the ‘Fastest Woman’ and ‘Strongest Woman’ titles of the year. “I am extremely happy with my performance. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help and cooperation of my friends, teachers and family, so I am very grateful to them”, Sujatha told TMJ.
MCON not only set a new record in 4*400m relay but also went on to lift the ‘Overall Champions’ in the women’s section with a total of 99 points.
Dr. A Chakravarty of Manipal College of Dental Sciences (MCODS) was awarded the ‘Strongest Man’, setting a new meet record in the 5000 metre race, with a timing of 19:12:38 and winning places in the 100 metres, 400 metres and 1500 metres races. ”It feels good but we still need to improve a lot. I feel pushing yourself and never giving up is always the key to success, as there is always bigger fish waiting for you,” he said. “I feel the need of a University level coach to channelize the energy and train the energy of young talents like us.”
Alden Fernandes from MIT turned won the ‘Fastest Man’, setting a new meet record in long jump, with 6.50 metres. He said that he was happy by his performance since the competition was very tough. MIT not only created a meet record in the 4*400m relay, but also won the ‘Overall Champions’ title.
“This year was extremely good since a lot of track records were broken and saw a lot of participation,” said Sridhar H., the organizing secretary of the meet. “Luckily the weather was also very good because of which the track was very suitable and favourable for the participants.”
The event concluded with prize distribution and closing ceremony. H.D.Eshan, former international shotput player and Arjuna awardee was the chief guest. Dr. Kemparaj, Director of Physical Education was also present. He told TMJ, “I am extremely happy to see such enthusiasm of students in such sporting events. It is pleasing to see a total of 14 records being broken, but I would like to increase the participation from the girls’ side.”
Sub-edited by: Vrinda Manocha