As part of ‘Raitha Dasara,’ a sports competition was held for farmers under men’s and women’s categories yesterday at J.K. Grounds here.
The events for men featured running with a backpack of 50kg fertilizer, three-legged race (two men with a leg of each strapped together), gunny sack race and slow cycling.
For women, the events were running with a water-filed pitcher on head, three-legged race, lemon-in-spoon race and frog race.
The events were very amusing as the participants tripped and stumbled as they ran thoroughly enjoying the show well cheered by the admiring spectators.
Interestingly, 28-year-old S.V. Manoj Kumar from Dananayakanapura in T. Narasipur taluk won prizes in three events barring Slow Cycling.
Manoj, who says that lemon rice (chitranna) is the secret behind his stamina, is a passionate athlete who doest not miss playing football everyday.
A strict vegetarian, Manoj is a teetotaller, who is against smoking cigarette and drinking liquor. Manoj, who has been winning the overall championship for the last six years, has been a regular participant since the inception of the Sports Meet as part of Raitha Dasara.
Manoj walked away with a total cash prize of Rs.13,000 and seemed to be a little disappointed with his performance in the Sack Race as he finished second. However, among the 200 plus participants, farmers from Hunsur won many prizes at the event.
Agriculture Joint Director Mahanteshappa, Physical Education Director Suresh and others were present.
Winners of various contests
50kgs Fertilizer Bag Race — 1st prize: S.V. Manoj Kumar, T. Narasipur; 2nd: A. Gurumurthy, Hunsur and 3rd: Ningaraju, T. Narasipur.
Sack Race — 1st: S. Abhilash, Hunsur, 2nd: S.V. Manoj Kumar, T. Narasipur and 3rd: N. Manu, Nanjangud.
Three-legged Race — 1st: S.V. Manoj Kumar and B. Manu, T. Narasipur, 2nd: A. Gurumurthy and Abhilash, Hunsur and 3rd: Kiran Kumar and Darshan, Periyapatna.
Slow Cycle Race — 1st: Shivakumara, K.R. Nagar, 2nd: D.S. Pavan, T. Narasipur and 3rd: Sachin Kumar, Hunsur.
Water Pot Race — 1st: S.R. Rashmi, Nanjangud, 2nd: Bhumika, Hunsur and 3rd: Arpitha, Hunsur.
Three-legged Race — 1st: Dhanu and C. Kavya (Hunsur) 2nd: K.V. Sunanda and Ajantha, Nanjangud and 3rd: Malini and Muthamma, Periyapatna.
Lemon-in-Spoon Race — 1st: Kavitha, Hunsur, 2nd: Bhumika, Hunsur and 3rd: Shan Taj, Mysuru.
Frog Race — 1st: H.P. Manjula, Nanjangud, 2nd: K.N. Vani, Periyapatna and 3rd: K.H. Malini, Periyapatna.