Mangaluru: The prize distribution ceremony of the 19th Federation Cup was held for the winners of various events at the Mangala Stadium here, on May 1.
While the events were going on, the officials of the Athletic Federation of India sent cops to the ground to get the photographers and videographers out for not wearing the “Press Photographers” jackets provided by the organizers. The organizers had earlier provided only a few jackets and then tried to restrict the photographers from entering the ground without the jackets.
The entire media fraternity boycotted the event for a while. Later, the Deputy Commissioner intervened, solved the problem and assured to provide jackets to all photographers and videographers.
In the Womens Javelin Finals, Suman Devi (Uttar Pradesh) emerged in first place with 54.07 m, followed by Shahejhali (Karnataka) with 49.47 m and Rupinder Kaur (Punjab) with 48.48 m. In this event, the state wise score was: Karnataka 8 points, UP 7, Punjab 4, Haryana 2 and CRPF 1
In the Womens High Jump Finals, Sahana Kumari from Karnataka won the gold with a jump of 1.76 m. Mallika Mondal (West Bengal) with 1.73 m won silver while Steny Micheal (Kerala) won bronze with 1.70 m. Score: KER 8, KAR 7, WB 5, TN 2
The Pole Vault in Womens category saw only one participant, Surekha from Tamil Nadu, who scored 7 points by besting 3.90 m.
Mayookha Johny (ONGC) got as far as 6.34 m in the Womens Long Jump Finals to gain the gold, while Shraddha Bhask (Maharashtra) came second with 6.21 m, followed by Neenna V (Kerala) 6.12 m. Score: ONGC 7, KER 6, MAH 5, KAR 3, DEL 1
In the Womens Discus Throw, Baljit Kaur from Punjab came first with 45.58 m and Priyanka JS from Karnataka came second with 39.15 m. Score: PUN 7, KAR 5.
After winning the gold medal, high jumper Sahana Kumari said, “I am not happy with my performance. Today’s performance does not qualify me to take part in the Asian games. This is the worst performance in my life since I was able to achieve only 1.80 m. Compared to my old record of 1.92 m, today’s performance is the worst, I will surely try to improve my performance.”
She further said that she had no coach from the past two years and was practicing on her own. “Today, was not my day,” she said.