Tintu Lukka wins gold in 800 metre

Friday, Feb 13, 2015,20:59 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | Middle-distance runner Tintu Lukka of Kerala  today broke an 18-year-old meet record to win the gold medal in the women 800 mtr race in the 35th edition of the National Games.
A Silver Medal winner in the 800m at the Asian Games 2014, Tintu finished the distance with a time of 2:01.86 sec to win gold in her favourite event.    The previous meet record of 2:03.08 sec was in the name of Rosa Kutty of Karnataka in 2007. However, Tintu could not better her own national record of 1:59.17 second, set in 2010.    Gomathi Marimuthu of Tamil Nadu finished second with  2:05.09 sec to win silver and Kerala Markose won bronze with a timing of 2:06.37 sec.    Tintu, who is also a gold medal winner in 4 X 400 m relay  in the 2014 Incheon Asiad, is coached by former sprint queen and Olympian P T Usha P T Usha at the Usha School of Athletics, Koyilandy.