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Jinson Johnson breaks India’s longest-running national Athletic record

Promising middle-distance runner from Kerala, Jinson Johnson broke the national record in 800m that was set by Sriram Singh 42 years ago at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. The record of 1:45.77s of Singh was he longest-running national record in Athletics in India.

Johnson finished with 1:45.65s to break the record during the ongoing 58th National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships in Guwahati. He not only won the gold in his event, but also qualified for the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games.

The Asiad qualification mark was 1:47.50s. Haryana’s Manjit Singh with 1:46.24s, Manipur’s Mohammed Afsal with 1:46.79s and Haryana’s Beant Singh with 1:46.92s also qualified for the Asiad after breaching the mark, but only top-two finishers will be selected for the Jakarta Games as per the rules.

 

 

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PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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