On the first day of the Sri Lanka Athletics National Championships 2023, Indian javelin thrower Kishore Kumar Jena and long-distance runner Seema both claimed gold medals. Indian competitors won four medals, two gold and two silver on the opening day. At the Sugathadasa Arena in Colombo, Kishore Jena won the competition with an outstanding throw of 84.38m, a new personal record.
In last month, Kishore Jena previously set his own record of 82.87m in the National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. This year, Kishore Jena’s 84.38m throw ranks 10th among the world’s top javelin throwers. Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic leads the globe with 89.51m.
Jena has also risen to second place in the Asian rankings, which is led by fellow Indian Neeraj Chopra (88.67m).
Good throw Kishore 👏👏 keep
Going 💪 https://t.co/ekPK6Bge2c
— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) July 28, 2023
Seema finished first in the women’s 10,000m with a time of 35:39.22s. She was the only Indian among the ten ladies competing. Siva Subramani of India earned silver in the men’s pole vault event, clearing 4.90m. The 27-year-old athlete owns the Indian national pole vault record of 5.31m. Shivpal Singh, another Indian javelin thrower, secured the silver medal with a throw of 77.36m.
On Saturday, Indian competitors Jisna Mathew and Soniya Baishya will compete in the women’s 400m finals.