61st National Open Championships in Athletics 2022: What happened on Day 1, the athletes in action on Day 2


Sprinters Amlan Borgohain and Jyothi Yarraji are expected to be among the few stars of the 61st National Open Athletics Championships, which kick off at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.

Due to the short turnaround after the National Games, Open Athletics will not feature long jumpers Mr. Sreeshankar and Jeswin Aldrin. Triple jump trio Eldhose Paul, Abdulla Aboobacker and Praveen Chithravel will also miss the event.



Amlan won the 100m and 200m titles at the recently concluded National Games in Gujarat and holds the national record in both. Yarraji was crowned best in the 100m and 100m hurdles and can look forward to another showdown against Hima Das and Olympian Srabani Nanda.

Other athletes to watch are javelin thrower DP Manu and walker Ram Baboo, who set a new national 35km record in Gandhinagar. Shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor, gold medalist at the 2018 Asian Games, is also on the entry list.


October 16 program (finals)

Men’s Pole Vault – 5:00 PM IST

Men’s 100m – 6:00 p.m. IST

Women’s 100m – 6:15 p.m. IST

Women’s 400m – 8:45 p.m. IST

400m Men – 19:00 IST

Men’s Long Jump – 7:10 p.m. IST

Men’s Shot Put – 7:20 p.m. IST

Men’s 1500m – 8:00 PM IST

Women’s 1500m – 8:15 p.m. IST

Women’s Heptathlon 800m – 8:30 p.m. IST

Where to watch the 2022 National Open Championships in Athletics live stream?

The National Open Championships in Athletics 2022 can be watched live on the official YouTube channel of the Indian Athletics Federation.

What happened on day 1?

Rosy Meena Paulraj of Tamil Nadu broke the women’s national pole vault record for the second time in a fortnight, this time measuring 4.21m during the 61st National Athletics Championships at Sree Kanteerava Stadium.

At the National Games in Gandhinagar, Rosy Meena erased the record of VS Surekha (4.15m) with a mark of 4:20m . On Saturday, she first jumped from a height of 4.10m to seal the gold medal, relegating the Railways duo of Pavithra Venkatesh and Baranica Elangovan to second and third place.

The 25-year-old then hit 4.16m to rewrite Surekha’s competition record (4.15m) set in 2014, before bettering her own mark from two weeks ago.

“The last time I came here for Khelo India, I didn’t do well. So I was determined to give a good performance,” said Rosy Meena. “I am not completely satisfied with 4.21m. The goal is to reach 4.30m, the Asian Games standard. This is what I will be working towards. »

The competition started in the scorching afternoon sun, but Bengaluru’s notoriously temperamental weather meant that dark rain clouds soon replaced the blue and white patches and a cool wind started. to blow on the stadium.

Rosy Meena struggled with her momentum throughout and even had to use layers of Amrutanjan Pain Relief Balm to keep herself warm. But cheered on by a sparse but enthusiastic crowd and the quiet support of her coach with the fascinating name Milber Bertrand Russell – named after the great British mathematician and philosopher – Rosy Meena cleared 4.21m on her first attempt at the record.

She then had three failed bids at 4.25m, but that was icing on the cake she didn’t quite need. Her stock has risen so much in the past 15 days that the Tamil Nadu government – according to Milber – is scrambling to retain her, even as she seemed set to move to the railways for secure employment.

Elsewhere, Jyothi Yarraji, the National Games 100m champion, did not finish her run, opting to focus on the 100m hurdles, her favorite event. Amlan Borgohain, the men’s 100m champion, reportedly withdrew on the eve of the competition.

The results:

Men: 20km Walk: 1. Suraj Panwar (Utk) 1:25:23s, 2. Akshdeep Singh (Pun) 1:25:26, 3. Paramjeet Singh Bisht (Ser) 1:25:26.

Women: Pole Vault: 1. Rosy Meena Paulraj (TN) 4.21m (NMR; GOLD: 4.15m, VS Surekha, 2014), 2. Pavithra Venkatesh (Rly) 4.00m, 3. Baranica Elangovan (Rly) 4.00m; Disc: 1. Paramjot Kaur (Rly) 50.81, 2. Nidhi Rani (Rly) 50.29, 3. Neetika Verma (UP), 49.70; 20km walk: 1. Ravina (Rly), 1:34:55s (NMR; OR: 1:38:30, Bhawana Jat, 2019), 2. Vandana (Kar) 1:37:19, 3. Munita Prajapati (HIGH ) 1:37:49.

Naomi C. Amerson