After a golden performance at the 2018 Asian Games, Arpinder Singh has written his name in the history books once again at the 2018 IAAF Continental Cup. Singh became the first Indian ever to win a medal at the tournament after he clinched a bronze in men’s triple jump event.
Arpinder Singh breaks another record
He was representing the Asia-Pacific team at the 2018 IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic. With a jump of 16.59m, Arpinder had to settle for bronze. At the Jakarta and Palembarg Asian Games, Arpinder had recorded a jump of 16.77m to win the gold.
Olympic and current world champion Christian Taylor won the gold medal with a jump of 17.59m. Hugues Fabrice Zango grabbed the silver medal after he recorded a jump of 17.02m, also creating a national record.
What is IAAF Continental Cup?
IAAF Continental Cup is an international competition for the track and field events conducted by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Taking place every four years, it was first held in 1977 and was known as the IAAF World Cup. Since the year 2010, the tournament has been named as the IAAF Continental Cup.
As per the new format, the tournament has four continental teams – Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe and the Americas. Every event allows to allows each team to send two athletes or one relay team. Men and women athletes compete in a total of 36 events.
The format was changed by the IAAF for the 2018 tournament. As per the new format, every athlete (in horizontal and vertical throws) had three attempts and a fourth throw would be awarded to the best athlete from each team after the three attempt.
After the fourth round, the top two performers would be given one attempt each and the winner would be decided after the fifth round.
Neeraj Chopra struggles
Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra had a poor outing at the 2018 IAAF Continental Cup. The 20-year old finished sixth with the best throw of 80.24m. This was also his worst performance in the international tournaments this season.
Chopra had won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth and Asian Games earlier this year. At the 2018 Asian Games, Chopra had a national record throw of 88.06m.
This was his second dip in performance after a throw of 80.81m earlier this month at the Diamond League Series in Eugene. Thomas Roehler of Germany won the gold medal with a throw of 87.07m, while Chao-Tsun Cheng won a silver.
Performance of other Indians
After delivering their best performance at the Asian Games 2018, the Indian athletes did not have a similar outing at Ostrava. The 2018 Asiads gold medalists, Jinson Johnson, finished sixth in the men’s 1500m race. However, Johnson bettered his Asian Games timing of 3:44.72 to finish the race in 3:41.72 minutes. Mohammad Anas finished fifth in the men’s 400m.
P.U. Chitra finished fourth in the women’s 1500m race, while Sudha Singh did not finish the women’s 300m steeplechase.