On Thursday, Harmilan made a great return to the track when he overshadowed Sunita Rani19-year-old National Record on the second day of the 60th National Open Athletics Championship at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Warangal.
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Continuing her growing prowess in her mascot women’s 1500m event, the 23-year-old metric miller from Punjab clocked 4: 05.39 to erase the mark set by Sunita at 4: 06.03 at the Asian Games in Busan in 2002. Also broke OP Jaisha’s Meet the record of 4: 11.83 set in Delhi in 2006.
Harmilan, who had moved his training base to Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh due to Covid-19 protocols in the NIS, Patiala has shown rapid progress in the last year, improving from 4: 14.68 in the Khelo University Games India in Bhubaneswar last year at 4: 08.70 and 4: 08.27 in the Federation Cup (March 16) and the Indian Grand Prix 4 (June 21) respectively, in Patiala.
Despite clinching gold with the national record, Harmilan’s effort fell far short of the 1,500-meter qualifying mark of 4.04.20 for the World Championship in 2022. For now, the youngster is happy with the record.
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“Yes, that (World Championship qualification mark) was in the back of my mind, but it is all God’s plans, we have to fulfill whatever He plans,” Harmilan told TOI after his feat.
“For Tokyo, after the second wave, we have only had two tournaments to reach the Olympics, so there was additional pressure, also the heat in Patiala was unbearable in June. But I am happy with my performance today, breaking a 19-year record, and it was at the same Asian Games in Busan, where my mother (Madhuri Singh) took the silver for 800 meters, “he added with a smile.
Daughter of former middle distance runners Amandeep Bains (1500m South Asian Games medalist) and Madhuri Singh (Busan 800m women’s silver medalist), Harmilan has extended her undefeated career to eight national level races 1,500 m since January 2020.
Coming to the other events of the day, Naresh Kumar from Andhra Pradesh (10.30s) and Tarandeep Kaur from Delhi (11.50s) took the honors as the fastest male and female athlete in the competition by winning the 100m race. The race produced personal records for Assam’s Amlan Borgohain and Harjit Singh (Services) with times of 10.34 seconds for both, a photographic finish that separated them by six thousandths of a second to secure the silver medal for the former.
Delhi teenager Taranjeet, who was hit by a car and broke a collarbone just over two years ago, claimed the title of fastest woman in the encounter with a fiery race in a personal best time of 11.50 seconds to leave the experienced Archana Suseendran (Tamil Nadu) in her wake.
The men’s 1,500m race saw something of a surprise when little-known Parvej Khan (Haryana) surprised two-time Asian Athletics Championship medalist Ajay Kumar Saroj (Railways).