Sunday, June 22, 2008

Kommineni Krishnamohan rewrites National 110m hurdles

MADURAI: Kommineni Krishnamohan clocked a national record of 14.00 seconds in the 110 metres hurdles on the concluding day of the 48th National inter-State athletics championships at the MGR Stadium here on Wednesday.

Running into a headwind measuring one metre per second, Krishnamohan, a 26-year-old Havildar from Artillery, cruised through to the record that bettered Naunidh Singh’s mark of 14.05s set in Hyderabad in 2005.

“I was hoping to dip under 14 seconds,” said the man from Guntur. Perhaps he might have achieved that but for a gush of wind hitting him through the final stretch. It was a faultless performance that came out of the blue, as it were.

The hurdler from Andhra Pradesh had recorded his previous best of 14.18s in the Open National in Hyderabad when Naunidh had his record. The Olympic standard stood at 13.72s.
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