In the 81st All India Inter-University Athletics Championship, Mangalore university banged the overall championship by clinching six gold, six silver, and four bronze medals. From the 350 universities from across India that participated this is the fourth time that the men from MU won the cup, by securing 105 points in the athletics meet.
- The following winners are gold medalists, Adesh Yadav (10,000m), Vanam Sharma (shot-put), Parvez (800m), Vikrant Malik (javelin throw), and relay teams (4×100, 4×400).
- The silver medalists are Paramjeet Singh (5,000m walk), Nihal Joel (400m), Anila Kumar (half marathon), Devaiah T H (800m), Vignesh A (200m), and Ajay Kumar (hammer throw).
- The bronze medalists are Hardeep (5000m walk), Parvez Khan (1,500m), Bhanu Sharma (discus throw), and Sumith Kumar (3000m steeplechase).
Amazingly, of 42 winners who represented Mangalore University, 36 winners are from Alva’s Education Foundation, Moodbidri.
Lovely Professional University, Punjab, stood second by securing 42 points, while Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, stood third by obtaining 37 points. Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, secured fourth place with 23 points.
Akshdeep Singh of Punjabi University, Patiala was declared as the best athlete in the meet, securing 1,077 points. He created a new meet record in the 20 km walk, by clocking 1:26:09.08 seconds.
Also, eight new outstanding meet records were set during the competition. Adesh Yadav (10,000m), Akshdeep Singh (20km walk), Harendra Kumar (1,500m), Prince (5,000m), Sidharth A K (pole vault), Vikas (discus throw), Lokesh Chaudhary (3000m steeplechase), and Mangalore University (4×100 relay) created new meet records
The four-day meet was grandly inaugurated on January 4 at Swarajya Maidana, Moodbidri. Mangalore University along with Alva’s Education Foundation and Association of Indian Universities had hosted the meet.