82-year-old Kerala ex-MLA wins two bronzes in World Masters Athletics

CPI-M leader and former Kerala MLA, M.J. Jacob has won two bronze medals in the World Masters Athletic meet in Finland, his office said.

The 82-year-old politician won the medals in the 80 m and 200 m hurdles competition in the M80 category which is for men aged between 80 and 84 years.

He had won gold medals in 80 m hurdles and 200 m hurdles in Kerala Masters athletics held earlier this year. Jacob had also won gold medal in the Asian Masters athletics championship previously.

Jacob had won the Pirvarom assembly seat for the CPI-M in 2006, defeating sitting MLA and former minister T.M. Jacob. Piravom is a Congress bastion and his victory was rated as a surprise.

He was also the former President of Tirumarady panchayat and served as Ernakulam district panchayat member.

The World Masters Athletic Tampere, held from June 29 to July 10, is a world championship event for athletics (track and field) for male and female athletes aged 35 and above.

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