Two national records were broken at the ongoing national school athletic meet in Thimphu over the last two days of the athletic meet.
Chimi Wangmo from Lhuentse HSS beat her previous record in high jump at 1.39 metres on the second day. During the last edition of the athletic meet, Chimi Wangmo broke the national record held by Dawa Pelden in 2016 from Thimphu thromde at 1.36 metres by setting the record at 1.38 metres.
Towards the evening yesterday, another student also broke the previous record. Sonam Wangchuk from Thimphu thromde set a new national record for men’s high jump at 1.80 metres.
Mipham Yoezer Gurung held the previous record at 1.78 metres in 2016.
The day was dominated by the performance of student athletes from Punakha with the participants bagging gold in the finals of most track and field events.
Of the five finals – women’s triple jump, 200 metres men and women, and men’s high jump, participants from Punakha finished first in three tracks and filed events.
“An experienced coach who has more than 20 years of experience as athletic coach trained the participants. Moreover, we have about four athletes representing us this time. They are on scholarship and were recommended by Bhutan Amateur Athletics Federation,” said Kinley Dorji, an official from Punakha.
It was a close competition among the five finalists of men’s 200 metres final.
Despite finishing first during the men’s 200 metres heats, Sonam Dorji from Trashigang, Rangjung met with disappointment in the final when Dorji Tshering from Punakha put up a striking pull within 30 metres to win the race.
Dorji Tshering who usually competes for 800 metres and 4×400 metres relay participated in the 200 metres because of a hamstring injury.
Sonam Dorji said he travelled for the meet right after his examination. The only preparation for the meet was when he competed among 11 runners at the dzongkhag level month ago.
“Few training and practice sessions before the championship could have fetched better result,” said Sonam Dorji. “Types of athletic gears used during the competition make a difference.”
Dorji Tshering said the opponents were tough and they have come prepared. While it will be his first 200 metres gold, Dorji Tshering has collected more than 15 medals as student athlete in the last seven years and also represented the country at international and regional competitions.
His coach Kinley Dorji said the race was close. “I am happy with his performance. In the last metres he really worked hard to finish the run in his favor.”
The national athletic meet will enter its final day today and the race to top the medal tally is between Punakha and Thimphu thromde.
With about eight track and field events completed, Punakha and Thimphu thromde has won nine finals each, followed by Trongsa with five and Thimphu dzongkhag with four.
Gasa, Bumthang, Mongar, Samdrupjongkhar, Wangdue, Sarpang, Zhemgang and Trashiyangtse has not made to the medal tally yet.