Craig D'Souza of Cathedral and John Connon (Fort) won his maiden gold medal in the 100m boys' U-17 category of the District Sports Office inter-school athletic championships at Priyadarshini Park (PDP) yesterday.
Craig D'Souza of Cathedral and John Connon (in white) en route his gold medal run in U-17 100m event at the DSO inter-school athletic championships at Priyadarshini Park yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble
Craig clocked 11.9 secs, with Samarth Bhogte (13.1s) of Our Lady of Salvation second and Pankaj Yadav (12.4s) of Navy Children (Colaba) third. Interestingly, had it not been for a health concern, the 15-year-old would have been a footballer instead.
"I used to play football earlier, but kept falling ill due to dust allergy and began suffering from asthma. So my parents advised me quit football and focus on running only, as there's no dust issue on the synthetic track," said the Class X student, adding that the win is even more special because it came about at the very track he trains on daily.
Other results: Girls U-17 100m: (1) Tanvi Patil 12.9s, (2) Apurva Pawar 13.3s (both St Agnes), (3) Anaya Hegde 13.7s (Cathedral & John Connon)