Vijaywada : Three national records were broken on the opening day of the 33rd National Junior Athletics Championships on Thursday.

In the youth girls’ U-18 category, Haryana’s Rubina Yadav cleared a height of 1.81m and broke Swapna Barman’s 1.71m record created in 2013 to win the gold medal. Gayathri Sivakumar of Kerala also equalled Swapna’s record of 1.71m to win the silver. Karnataka’s S B Supriya (1.69m) won the bronze medal.

In the boys’ U-14 category long jump event, Bihar’s Avinash Kumar won the gold with a new national record mark of 6.79m. Avinash broke Sunaram Murmu’s (Odisha) 2008 record of 6.63m. Sunil (6.40m) from Haryana bagged the silver and Odisha’s Lakhan Murmu (6.27m) settled for the bronze medal.

The third national record of the day was registered in the girl’s U-16 javelin throw as Haryana’s Jyoti hurled the spear to a distance of 41.24m to win the gold medal. Jyoti broke Tamil Nadu athlete Hemamalini’s 2015 record of 39.69m.

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