Tiasha Samadder wins 400m hurdles gold but Usha’s record stays intact

SPORTS REPORTER
Thursday, 22 August 2019

“I started with 400 flat first but then my coach Golak Mondal noticed my ability and taught me to run hurdles race. I am indebted to him for giving shape to my abilities,” said Tiasha

PUNE: It has been more than a quarter century ago when PT Usha, who came to be known as Payyoli Express, set a mark in women’s 400 metres hurdles that weathered 35 years of attempts and this August Wednesday was no different.

Eastern Railway’s Tiasha Samadder fleetingly threatened to break that long-standing record but 2.20 seconds in track racing is a yawning gap and the Kolkata resident knows it.

“I wanted to go after that record and it will remain a goal till I am able to achieve it,” said the 21-year-old hurdler for whom her mother Dolly has been an inspiration. Coming from a family where athletics was always on a platter, Tiasha was destined to become a runner, but that she chose to be a hurdler is just a minor twist.

Competing in women’s 400m hurdles final, Tiasha made a brilliant start off the blocks and was first to take lead over the first bend, but as South Central Railway’s Arpitha pushed the Kolkata girl took the challenge and maintain the lead till the final straight.

“I started with 400 flat first but then my coach Golak Mondal noticed my ability and taught me to run hurdles race. I am indebted to him for giving shape to my abilities,” said Tiasha, a second year history student at Kolkata University.

It was in 1984-85 PT Usha recorded 57.60 seconds in winning the gold medal in the Railway Meet and since then no runner has been able to shake it. Tiasha, whose body frame is set perfect for hurdling, intends to attempt for further glory after winning gold on Wednesday.

“My mother used to run in national meets and is a contemporary of Jyotirmoyee Sikdar, the double gold medallist at 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. He influence is very much on me and I hope to achieve some of that success,” said Tiasha, who will now head for Patiala for Open National championship.

RESULTS
Men:
10000m: 1. Ranjeet Patel (NorthEastern Rly) 30 min 36.28 sec; 2. Harshad Mahatre (Central Rly) 30:37.91; 3. Vasudev Nishad (North Central Rly) 30:44.81.
400m Hurdles: 1. Jagadeesh Chandra (SouthWestern Rly) 51.44s; 2. Jashanjot Singh (Northern Rly) 53.14; 3. Amit Kumar Singh (NorthEastern Rly) 53.38.
High Jump: 1. Ajay Kumar (Western Rly) 2.11m; 2. Jesse Sandesh (SouthWestern Rly) 2.06; 3. Siddarth Yadav (NorthWestern Rly) 2.06.
Pole Vault: 1. KP Bimin (Southern Rly) 5.00m; 2. Dharamraj (SouthCentral Rly) 4.70; 3. Bineesh Jaccob (SouthWestern Rly) 4.70.
Discus throw: 1. Mithra Varun (ICF) 51.30m; 2. Karan Singh (Western Rly) 50.03; 3. Naveen Kumar (Northern Rly) 46.50.

Women:
10000m: 1. L.Suriya (Southern Rly) 36:02.42; 2. Kavita Yadav (NorthCentral Rly) 36:40.35; 3. Swati Gadwe (Central Rly) 36:43.86.
400m Hurdles: 1. Tiasha Samadder (Eastern Rly) 1:00.20; 2. Arpitha (SouthCentral Rly) 1:00.70; 3. Sonal Chawla (Central Rly) 1:01.13.
4x100m Relay: 1. Southern Railway 46.28s; 2. South Central Railway 47.25; 3. South Western Railway 47.48.
Triple Jump: 1. Bhairabi Roy (Eastern Rly) 13.15m; 2. MA Siva Anbarasi (Southern Rly) 12.94; 3. Karthika  (SouthCentral Rly) 12.88.
Hammer throw: 1. Jyoti (DLW) 57.11m; 2. Poonam Devi (NorthWestern Rly) 56.52; 3. Athira M (SouthWestern Rly) 53.71.

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