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Tanvi, Kajal, Desiree bag gold
September 2, 2012
">Desiree Pereira, winner of bronze medal of under-18
discus throw, Kajal Vernekar, winner of under-16 shot put
and javelin and Christie Dias, winner of silver medal in
under-20 shot put at Chhatrapati Shivaji sports complex,
PANJIM: Competing against states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh with better athletics infrastructure, Goan athletes managed to put up a good performance with a total haul of 32 medals including five gold, nine silver and 16 bronze to finish second runners-up at 24th West Zone junior athletics at Chhatrapati Shivaji sports complex, Balewadi, Pune.
The gold medals for Goa came from Tanvi Vargaonkar from Carambolim (under-14 triathlon and long jump), Kajal Vernekar from Aquem (under-16 shot put and javelin) and Desiree Pereira from Peddem (under-18 shot put).
Vaibavi Naik (under-14 shot put), Irfan Sheikh (under-20 100m and 200m), Tek Bahadur (under-16 100m), Kaisiya Fernandes (under-14 100m), Jolaine Moses (under-18 long jump), Christie Dias (under-20 shot put) won silver medals. Goa also got the silver in under-20 boys 4x100m relay and under-16 girls medley relay.
Aranxa Mascarenhas (under-18 100m and 200m), Sushmita Harmalker (under-18 800m), Anik A Naik (under-14 100m and 200m), Nikhil Narvenkar (under-20 high jump), Rohit Patil (under-14 triathlon) Priyaksha Gaude (under-18 400m), Charmaine Furtado (under-16 100 m), Darshana Gauns (under-20 long jump), Beverly Coelho (under-14 100m), Nikita Gawde (under-16 high jump), Jolaine Moses (under-18 triple jump), Desiree Pereira (under-18 discus throw) secured bronze medals. Goa also got the bronze in under-20 girls 4x100m relay and under-16 boys medley relay.
The Goa contingent consisted of 79 athletes (44 boys and 35 girls). Ten athletes have qualified for National inter-zonal meet from September 22 to 24.
GAA secretary, Mario Moraes announced cash incentives of Rs 3000 each to the gold medal winners.