Thiruvananthapuram | With Kerala hosting the National Games after 27 years, the question of every sports persons in the country, particularly Keralites, is whether the record of Indian pole valulter Vijay Pal Singh, made 27 years back in the capital city of Kerala here, could be broken.
The importance to the record was not only with its oldness, but the Haryana boy set the record from the Kerala edition of the National Games, when the gods own country was hosted in 1987. The pole vaulter had cleared the spear to 5.00 meters, not only bagging the gold but also scripting a new national games record, which has not been shattered after 27 years. This is the only one national game record that has not been broken so far while other records have been.
Likewise the sports enthusiasts are keenly watching whether 21-year-old national record in long jump, made by Kerala jumper Shyam Kumar, who won the gold in 1994 edition of the national games, is broken or not. Situation is same in long distance run in which Bahadur Prasad of Delhi had annexed the gold scripting a new mark in his name.
Another remarkable record was in 200 dash, scripted in the name of Kerala ace Shyni Abraham, who won the gold in 2001 with record breaking performance.
However, even after 21 years, the new mark of 23.86 sec still remains unchanged. The national record in this category was 22.82 sec set by Saraswathy Saha.
Another record of 57.75 sec set by P Uday Lakshmi of Andhra Pradesh in the 400 mt hurdles in 2001 national games still remained unquestioned. National record timings of 55.42 sec set by Payyoli Express P T Usha 31 years back also is intact.
Jaiveer Singh, the gold medal hope for the SSCB, is holding the new meet record in 3000 m steeple chase. The national record in this category set by Gopal Saini, clocking 8:30:88 second, is still unquestioned even after 39 years and the oldest in the history of Indian athletes.
Over 20 national records set about 13 years ago and more were still unbroken and the meet was keenly being watched by sports enthusiasts who were waiting to see new records being made in the meet. In the last edition, only 11 new records were created from 34 disciplines.
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