Kanpur: Varanasi’s long-distance sprinter, Rebi Pal, who brought laurels to India at the Malaysian open grand prix, and Sunita Devi of Lucknow won the Under-20 women and U-16 girls events respectively at the 55th National Cross Country Championships at ATF Golf Meadows in Dera Bassi near here. The course was picturesque, but challenging with undulations and slush patches over a 2km grassy loop. Parasappa Madevappa Hajilol (Karnataka) and Sonika (Haryana) won the men and women’s 10km race.
The UP women’s duo of Rebi Pal and Kajal Sharma ruled the U-20 event with Rebi bagging the gold and Kajal winning the bronze. Rebi clocked 22.37.78 in covering 6km, while Kajal took 22.52.07s to cover the lap. Chatru Gumnaram of Rajasthan won a silver.
Rebi, who lost her father recently, told TOI that she led the race from the start and obtained a clear lead of 25m, expanding it to 50m before the finishing line. “I am happy that I got a gold medal for myself and my state,” she said.
Rebi said, she had won a bronze and silver at the Junior National meet at Guwahati in first week of this month and was determined to win the gold here. “I led the pack from the beginning and enhanced the lead at the finish,” she said.
Sunita Devi of Lucknow emerged champions in U-16 girl’s event, clocking 6.37:30 to win the gold. Her close challenger Priyanka Madivalappa (Karnataka) bagged the silver with a timing of 7.16:11. Sanika Shashikant Rupnar of Maharashtra stood was third. Honorary secretary, UP Athletic Association, P K Srivastava, lauded Sunita for her feat.
Men 10km: 1. Parasappa Madevappa Halijol (Karnataka) 31:13.21; 2. Vikram Bharatsingh Bangriya (Madhya Pradesh) 31:15.21; 3. Adesh Yadav (Maharashtra) 31:19.41. Team (top four places): 1. Services 28 points; 2. Railways 54; 3. Madhya Pradesh 61.
Women 10km: 1. Sonika (Haryana) 37:09.53; 2. Komal Chandra Jagdale (Maharashtra) 37:11.40; 3. Nikita Vijay Raut (Maharashtra) 37:12.71. Team (top four places): 1. Haryana 24; 2. Railways 26; 3. Maharashtra 34.
Men U20 8km: 1. Prince Nagar (Haryana) 26:04.87; 2. Sushant Manohar Jedhe (Maharashtra) 26:06.22; 3. Indrajeet Ashok Farak (Maharashtra) 26:27.36. Team (top four places): 1. Maharashtra 20; 2. Haryana 44; 3. Uttar Pradesh 55.
Women U20 6km: 1. Rebi Pal (Uttar Pradesh) 22:37.78; 2. Chatru Gumnaram (Rajasthan) 22:52.07; 3. Kajal Sharma (Uttar Pradesh) 22:52:21. Team (top four places): 1. Maharashtra 20; 2. Rajasthan 35; 3. Haryana 53
Boys U18 6km: 1. Gagan Singh (Haryana) 19:55.74; Naveen Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh) 20:01.90; 3. Karan Gahandule (Maharashtra) 20:11.85.
Girls U18 4km: 1. Supriti Kachhap (Jharkhand) 14:40.53; 2. Aakancha Kerketta (Tamil Nadu) 15:02.36; 3. Umrila Bishnoi (Rajasthan) 15:08.35.
Boys U16 2km: 1. Rohit (Haryana) 6:12.34; 2. Walter Kandulna (Tamil Nadu) 6:12.95; 3. Rahul Verma (Uttar Pradesh) 6:17.68.
Girls U16 2km: 1. Sunita Devi (Uttar Pradesh) 6:37.30; 2. Priyanka Madivalappa (Karnataka) 7:16.11; 3. Sanika Shashikant Rupnar (Maharashtra) 7:19.18.