Tajinder qualifies for Tokyo, Dutee breaks national marks at Indian GP

Asian Games shot put champion Tajinder Pal Singh Toor certified for the Tokyo Olympics with a large throw of 21.49m—breaking his national file of 20.92—at the Indian Grand Prix (IGP)-4 athletics meet in Patiala on Monday. The Olympics qualification mark is 21.10m.

Toor had struggled to breach the mark in earlier meets in March (19.49m in IGP-2 and 20.51m within the Federation Cup) however was assured of pulling off one large throw. That heave got here together with his very first throw at the National Institute of Sports on Monday. He surpassed 21 metres within the remaining three legitimate throws as nicely—21.28, 21.13 and 21.13— whereas his second and sixth makes an attempt have been no throws.

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With the athletics squad not capable of enter worldwide competitions in April and May resulting from journey restrictions imposed on Indians following the second wave of Covid, qualification for Tokyo has come right down to the final couple of occasions at house to fulfill the June 29 deadline.

Toor and the remainder of the pack didn’t disappoint, producing some scintillating performances. There will probably be one final alternative for Indian athletes through the Inter-state meet in Patiala on June 29.

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Toor mentioned he was impressed after watching Ryan Crouser smash the long-standing shot put world file final week with a large heave of 23.37m at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

“It was a big motivation and I just wanted to go out there and give it my all,” mentioned Toor, 26. “It was a very difficult period with no competition coming our way. I was gradually coming back after injury in my right hand last year. I was shaping up well but then we were scheduled to take part in competition in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. When that did not happen, this was the only chance. I am happy I was able to make the cut today.”

His throw was higher than the 21.36m New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh achieved to win bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Dutee scorches monitor

Top lady sprinter Dutee Chand got here agonisingly near direct qualification in 100m with an outstanding run. In sizzling situations that favour sprinters, she set a national file of 11:17 seconds, falling wanting the Tokyo Olympics qualification mark (11:15) by .02sec. She will intention to go all out on June 29 although she is within the reckoning by way of the Road To Tokyo rankings. She is presently positioned forty second and will make the lower.

It was sharp enchancment by Chand from her final race within the Federation Cup in March, the place she clocked 11.58 secs and was crushed by S Dhanalakshmi to the highest spot. In February, she ran 11.51sec in IGP-1, and 11.44 secs in IGP-2. She didn’t enter IGP-3. Her earlier national mark of 11.22 secs was set in 2019.

Dutee ran a blistering anchor leg and with Hima Das powered the ladies’s 4X100m relay staff to a national file of 43.37s. Dhanalakshmi and Archana Suseentran ran the opposite legs. Two Indian groups and one from Maldives participated within the relay. The earlier file of 43.42s got here in 2016. Having missed the World Relays in Silesia, Poland in May, the relay groups wanted to clock good timings to maintain themselves in rivalry for a Tokyo berth by way of world rankings. This will put them within the twentieth place within the Race to Tokyo rankings. Only the highest 16 will qualify.

Das additionally got here near qualification in 200m, clocking 22.88 secs (qualification 22.80). Harmilan Kaur Bains was not far off the Tokyo mark in girls’s 1500m. Chasing the qualification timing of 4:04.20, she clocked 4:08.27.

In the lengthy leap, Tokyo-bound Murali Sreeshankar managed solely 7.74m, approach off his national mark of 8.26m in Federation Cup to qualify (8.22m). In javelin, Annu Rani, but to qualify, achieved 60.58m. The qualification mark is 64. Her season’s greatest is 63.24m and he or she is nicely positioned (nineteenth in rankings) to make the lower.

Kamalpreet units discus file

There was one other large heave, this one by Kamalpreet Kaur in discus. She recorded a throw of 66.59m, which was higher than her national file of 65.06m achieved in Federation Cup that helped her clinch a Tokyo berth. The effort although is unlikely to be ratified as national file as she was the lone competitor. Denia Caballero of Cuba received bronze in Rio with a throw of 65.34m.

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