Ranchi: In the 34th National Junior Athletic Championship, Kerala squad bagged three gold medals on the first day of the meet. On Friday, the team added three gold, one silver and two bronze medals to its account. Among three, two golds were from long jump and the third one was from pole vault. On the first day, two national records and one meet record were made.

In the U-18 girls’ category, Ancy Sojan bagged the first yellow medal for Kerala in long jump covering a distance of 5.97m. Nirmal Sabu (7.45m) grabbed the gold in the U-20 boys’ long jump. Divya Mohan (3.20m) won the gold in U-20 girls’ pole vault.

Nirmal Sabu and Blessy Kunjumon

The silver medal was brought to the Kerala side by Blessy Kunjumon (2.80m) in U-18 girls’ pole vault. Soumya VS (2.90m) in U-20 girls’ pole vault and Megha Mariyam Mathew (13.35m) in shot put grabbed bronze medals.

PS Prabhavathi in long jump and KA Anuja in pole vault came in the fourth positions.

Kanjirappally native Nirmal Sabu won his first national medal in the meet. He practices under MA George in Thiruvananthapuam SAI.

Day One: Two records

On the first day of the meet, two national records were created. In the U-16 girls’ shot put, Punjab’s Jasmine Kaur (14.27m)overturned the record created by Punjab’s Paramjyoth Kaur (14.22m) in 2016. Haryana’s Anjali who came in the second position, surpassed the national record (14.22m) in the U-16 girls’ shot put. In the U-16 girls’ long jump, Uttar Pradesh’s Shaily Singh (5.94m) who practices under Robert Bobby George created new national record.

Megha Mariyam and VS Saumya

In the U-20 girls’ long jump, Punjab’s Renu (6.22m) outclassed the meet record created by Kerala’s V Neena (6.19m) in 2010. Maharashtra’s Deepak Yadav (4.79m) registered a new meet record in his name in the U-18 boys’ pole vault.