Chandigarh: Tamil Nadu’s Asian Video games-bound Vithya Ramraj got here agonisingly near breaking the legendary PT Usha’s 39-year-old girls’s 400m hurdles document as she clocked 55.43 seconds in the course of the Indian Grand Prix 5 in Chandigarh on Monday.
The 24-year-old Vithya’s time was only one hundredth of a second lower than Usha’s 55.42 which she had clocked whereas ending fourth within the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
Usha’s document is the second oldest nationwide document in athletics after Shivnath Singh marathon NR of 1978.
Usha is presently serving because the president of Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA).
“Madam Usha is so talented and that is why her record stood for so long. I wanted to break the record, it was in my mind before the race today. I wanted to be the new Ma’am (Usha),” Vithya mentioned.
“I was a bit slow in my first 200m and then picked up speed. Had I run faster in the first 200m, I would have broken the national record today itself. But there is the Asian Games coming up, and I will try to break the NR there,” the athlete added after her occasion.