If Day 1 of RFYS Athletics 2018-19 National Championship was all about a great start, Day 2 was about steadying the ship and running in the flow of the tide. The proceedings of Day 2 began with 2000m Junior Boys Final, wherein Gagan Singh from Govt. Sr. Sec School Pinjore displayed grit and endurance to finish with a timing of 5:44.78min to clinch the Gold medal, while Parvej Khan from Mewat Public School finished closely with a timing of 5:45.60min to secure a silver. The day began on an exciting note, and the athletes present at the Sports Authority of India, Mumbai showcased their skills.
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Amlan Borgahain, yesterday’s winner in the College Boys 100m Final, started off slow in the 200m Final but slowly gained momentum and completed his double at the Nationals. Clocking 22.06s, he was closely followed by MD Alamgir Hossain, another AEC athlete, who finished second with a timing of 22.08s. It was an AEC athlete again who triumphed, this time in the College Boys High Jump. Aadarsh Ram from Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences jump of 2.10m to secure Gold. Last but not the least, Donthu Bhagyalaxmi shined in the 800m Senior Girls event wherein she finished in 2:17:21min and bagged the gold. She was closely followed by Arpitha E Bangarappa who finished with a timing of 2:17:82min.
Apart from the AEC athletes, there were a few performances which deserve a special mention. Shobhit Rathee was unstoppable in the 400m Junior Boys final. The boy wonder from Rohtak, clocked a timing of 50.94s and convincingly defeated the other participants. In the Junior Girls final of Long Jump, Bhavika Chandru’s magnificent leap of 5.31m, 0.17m better than the silver medalist, helped her clinch the gold.
The second half of the day consisted of relay races across categories. Mumbai’s Gokuldham High School & Jr College became the first ever winners of 4x100m Sub Junior Girls and finished with a timing of 54.76s. Kolkata’s Charuchandra College and Chennai’s Loyola College continued their tradition of performing well in team events and finished on the top of the podium in 4x100m College Boys and College Girls categories respectively. They’ll be in contention of winning the prestigious Best Institute Award.
It was a day filled with dazzling performances across categories and events, with the AEC athletes proving their superiority in their respective events. All eyes will be on the third and final day of the Championship on 16th November 2018 and the athletes are expected to light up Mumbai once again to give a befitting end to the three-day extravaganza.