The 32nd National Junior Athletics Championships at Coimbatore on Saturday witnessed a new benchmark of excellence created in Indian athletics as Poonam Jhakhar of Haryana created a new national record by throwing 54.66 metres in hammer throw in the 'Youth Girls 18' category.
The existing national record in hammer throw stood in the name of Nisha Yadav (54.3 metres) set in 2012. Nivya Antony of Kerala set a new meet record in pole vault by jumping 3.32 metres in the Youth Girls 18 category.
Meanwhile, Haryana continues to lead the table scoring 224 points, closely followed by Kerala with 219 points. Tamil Nadu has 188 points, Uttar Pradesh 151, Maharashtra 112 and Delhi 105.