Surendra wipes out Bahadur Prasad's record in St Mary's Classic

London, Jun 5, (UNI) India's Surendra Singh wiped out the Bahadur Prasad's 16 year old national record in the 3000m with a new timing of 7:50.31s in St Mary's Classic Meet, a UK Challenge event held at Twickenham.

It was dream come true for Surendra and a good start for further meets in UK.

''I always wanted to register my name in records books. It was good race especially with pacemaker who remained till 2600m which helped to set good timings,'' Surendra Said.

In the men's 800m race Sajeesh Joseph took advantage of the pacemaker who set a pace of 52sec for the first lap to win the race with a timing of 1:47.45s while Rajeev Ramesan finished third with 1:48.11s.

In the women's 1500m race, ace runner Sinimole Paulose finished third with 4:14.53 while Preeja Sreedharan shredded 4 seconds off from her personal best timing clocking 4:18.43s.

Sushma Devi grabbed third position in the women's 800m with a timing of 2:04.85s while in the 1500 m, Chaitoli Hamza fought neck to neck with European Silver medalist Mo Farah but in the end Mo emerged winner and Hamza remained on second place with 3:43.50s and teammate Paritam Bind took third place in 3:46.60s.

However, coach of Indian team Dr Nikolai, was content with the performances.

''We did well and it also shows the areas we need to work on before we compete in Watford next week,'' he said.

Indian team will take part in Nike BMC Grand Prix to be held at Watford on June 14.


Story first published: Thursday, June 5, 2008, 17:04 [IST]
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