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Jithin clears 2.22m, sets new high jump record


International high jumper Jithin C Thomas of Services set a new meet record while Olympian shot putter Om Prakash suffered defeat on the third day of the 52nd Open National athletics championships. 


On his way to winning gold, though Thomas sailed over 2.22m to erase the old meet mark, he wasn't successful in his endeavour to break the national mark of 2.25m. 

In all his three attempts, he couldn't generate good rhythm to sail over 2.26m, which denied him the additional benefit.


Even defending champion Harishankar Roy representing Jharkhand in the event lost his sequence to take himself to new heights that saw him slip to second spot. He couldn't go beyond the 2.19m mark. S Harshith of ONGC was third at 2.16m.


Favourite to win the title, India's star thrower Om Prakash of ONGC eventually finished third in men shot put.


Prakash whose season best is 20.69m, had a best throw of 17.81m that guaranteed him third place in the event that was won by teammate Jasdeep Singh, who recorded a throw of 18.41m. Railways' Satyender Kumar was placed second with an effort of 17.85m.


Kashyap in 2nd round of China masters

Olympic quarter-finalist P Kashyap eked out a hard-fought three-game win over Chinese qualifier Huan Gao to enter the second round on a reasonably good day for the Indian shuttlers in the Li Ning China Masters badminton tournament in Changzhou on Wednesday.


The eighth-seeded Kashyap, who is a Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist, staved off the stiff challenge posed by Gao with a 21-13, 14-21, 21-19 win that came after an hour and 18 minutes of slogging.


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