Athletics: Eleven new records were set in different athletic events during the 12th National School Athletics Meet, which concluded yesterday in Thimphu.

Chimi Dema, 17, from Yangchenphu Higher Secondary School (YHSS) broke her own previous records in three-track events- 400 metre, 800 metre and 1,500 metre.

The national record-holder in the middle-distant running category, Chimi Dema, completed the 800-metre race in 2 minutes, 47 seconds and 49 milliseconds, six seconds less than her previous record last year. She bagged a total of four gold medals during the six-day programme.

Chimi Dema said that since this was her final year in the school, she wanted to break her own records to make the sports more competitive. “This is a big year for me, and I’ve fully dedicated myself to academics but this competition was important for me,” she said. “I’m glad that I was able to break my own records which I was planning to but more than that I am happy that I represented my school to the best of my ability in this final year.”

Like Chimi, another 16-year-old student from YHSS, Sangay Wangmo, is also one of the aspiring athletes. Sangay, a class 11 student, also broke three records in the 100 and 200-metre sprint and 400-metre relay race.

With her lightening speed during the 400 metre women’s relay race, Sangay, left all spectators in awe. Leaving her opponents almost 70 metres behind, Sangay and company helped YHSS bag gold in the event.

“With the help of my mentors, I was able to set a new record this year also. I would like to break my own record next year and take the sport to another level,” she said.

Students from Thimphu thromde dominated the whole event bagging 15 gold, 11 silver and 4 bronze medals. Students from YHSS, Pelkhil HSS, Dechencholing MSS, Zilukha HSS and Motithang HSS dominated the track events. However, in the throw events (javelin, discus and shot put) schools from the east and central regions had the upper hand.

Kenzang Dema, 17, of Punakha Higher Secondary School who was visiting the capital for the first time said that the whole event was a rewarding experience. “I had a great time interacting and making new friends,” she said.

A total of 334 students, 168 boys and 166 girls from 100 schools from all 20 dzongkhags participated in the six-day meet.

The National Athletics Meet was organised by the Department of Youth and Sports, Bhutan Olympic Committee and Bhutan Amateur Athletics Federation to encourage active youth participation and to build solidarity among the youth in country.

By Younten Tshedup


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