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Sprinter Amlan Borgohain (Assam), Long Jumper M Sreeshankar (Kerala) and 100m Hurdler Jyothi Yarraji (Andhra Pradesh) made their first appearance in a domestic competition this year memorable by winning gold in the AFI Indian Grand Prix 3 Athletics competition at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.
Amlan Borgohain, 24, claimed the 100-200 double. Having taken a break after the Asian Indoor Championships in February, he returned to outdoor competition and sustained his acceleration to clock 10.50 seconds and win by two-hundredths of a second from Amiya Kumar Mallick (Odisha). He returned to the track less than an hour later to take the 200m in 21.20 seconds.
Commonwealth Games silver medalist Sreeshankar, whose last competition was the National Games in October 2022, produced three efforts that were good for gold today. The World No. 6 won with a leap of 7.94m on his last try. He was satisfied with his efforts since he is coming back from a grade 2 hamstring injury that kept him on the sidelines for three months.
Like Amlan Borgohain, Jyothi Yarraji took a break from competing after the Asian Indoor Championships and marked her return in the same venue where she rewrote the National Record at 12.82 seconds. She cruised to a win, clocking an easy 13.44 seconds, suggesting that India's only sub-13 second hurdler was focusing on getting the technique right at the start of a big season.
Aishwarya Kailash Mishra (Maharashtra) became the third Indian woman 400m sprinter to clock a sub-54 seconds time twice this year. She won the event today in 53.63 seconds, leaving Kiran Pahal (Haryana) in her wake. Muhammed Ajmal won the men's quarter-mile in 46.63 seconds, his best effort of the year and the third time he has gone below 47 seconds in 2023.
Hima Das, who had to endure a disqualification for a false start in the Indian Grand Prix 2 in Thiruvananthapuram, bounced back to win the women's 200m while GK Vijayakumari (Karnataka) returned to a national-level 800m after five years and beat Madhya Pradesh's KM Deeksha with a surge over the last 100m.
100m (races A, B and C): 1. Amlan Borgohain (Assam) 10.50 seconds; 2. Amiya Kumar Mallick (Odisha) 10.52; 3. Hassan Saaid (Maldives) 10.61.
200m (races A and B): 1. Amlan Borgohain (Assam) 21.20 seconds; 2. Animesh Kujur (Chhattisgarh) 21.53; 3. Hassan Saaid (Maldives) 21.72.
400m (races A, B and C): 1. Muhammed Ajmal (Kerala) 46.63 seconds; 2. Nihal Joel (Karnataka) 47.12; 3. Rahul Ramesh Kadam (Maharashtra) 47.13.
800m: 1. Anikesh Chaudhary (Himachal Pradesh) 1:50.53; 2. Abhishek Singh Thakur (Madhya Pradesh) 1:52.53.
110m Hurdles: 1. Tejas Ashok Shirse (Maharashtra) 13.81 seconds; 2. Madhvendra Singh Shekhawat (Rajasthan) 13.92; 3. Sachin Binu (Kerala) 14.48.
400m Hurdles: 1. MP Jabir (Kerala) 51.61 seconds; 2. T Santhosh Kumar (Tamil Nadu) 51.85; 3. Nirmal Yadav (Maharashtra) 52.34.
Long Jump: 1. M Sreeshankar (Kerala) 7.94m; 2. P David (Tamil Nadu) 7.80; 3. Vishnu Siva Sankar (Delhi) 7.63.
Discus Throw: 1. Harpreet Singh (Punjab) 54.76m; 2. Vijay Ramajeyam (Tamil Nadu) 48.96; 3. Ashwani Lamba (Haryana) 47.99.
100m: 1. Archana Suseendran (Tamil Nadu) 11.71 seconds; 2. AT Daneshwari (Karnataka) 11.79; 3. Nithya Gandhe (Telangana) 11.96.
200m: 1. Hima Das (Assam) 23.77 seconds; 2. Jyothika (Karnataka) 24.88; 3. Zia Moosa Shafeeu (Maldives) 26.84.
400m: 1. Aishwarya Kailash Mishra (Maharashtra) 53.63 seconds; 2 Kiran Pahal (Haryana) 55.32; 3. VK Vismaya (Kerala) 55.37.
800m: 1. GK Vijayakumari (Karnataka) 2:09.70; 2. KM Deeksha (Madhya Pradesh) 2:10.95; 3. Bhagyalaxmi Donthu Laxmi (Telangana) 2:15.40.
100m Hurdles: 1. Jyothi Yarraji (Andhra Pradesh) 13.44 seconds; 2. Sapna Kumari (Jharkhand) 13.85; 3. Agasara Nandini (Telangana) 13.85.
400m Hurdles: 1. VK Salini (Kerala) 1:02.34.
High Jump: 1. Rubina Yadav (Haryana) 1.81m; 2. Pavana Nagaraj (Karnataka) 1.64; 3. SP Supriya (Karnataka) 1.55.
Triple Jump: 1. KM Sonam (Uttar Pradesh) 13.50m; 2. Karthika Gothandapani (Andhra Pradesh) 13.11; 3. Mallala Anusha (Andhra Pradesh) 12.77.
Shot Put: 1. Tunlai Narzary (Assam) 14.18m; 2. B Vaishnavi (Tamil Nadu) 11.50.
Discus Throw: 1. Annu (Haryana) 44.67m; 2. Priyadarshini Moyyappan (Tamil Nadu) 40.58; 3. Anagha Lakshmi Kurra (Andhra Pradesh) 32.88.