Indian long jumper Sreeshankar Murli broke his national record and qualified for the Tokyo Olympic games on Tuesday. He jumped 8.26-metre at the Federation Cup – Senior National Athletics Championship.
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To qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, a mark of 8.22 m is necessary for all the athletes. Previously, Sreeshankar’s best was 8.20 m. He began his journey in the Federation Cup with 8.02 m. Gradually he improved to 8.04 m, 8.07 m, and 8.09 m in his next three jumps. It was in the 5th attempt, he touched 8.26 m.
The silver medal was grabbed by another jumper from Kerala- Muhammed Anees Yahiya (8 m) and bronze by S Lokesh (7.60 m) of Karnataka.
A Glimpse of Federation cup 2021
Tokyo Olympic Qualifiers.
- Racewalk — KT Irfan, Sandeep Kumar, and Rahul Rohilla in the men’s 20 km event.
- Women’s 20 km event- Bhawana Jat and Priyanka Goswami
- Javelin throw — Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh
- 3000 m steeplechase Men’s- Avinash Sable
- Mixed 4×400 m relay team (etc.)
The Unexpected Events
Dutee Chand (100 m national record holder) was beaten to the second position by S Dhanalakshmi. Another unexpected event at the federation cup 2021, was that the star Indian 400 m runner Hima Das was disqualified for a false start. She was participating in the women’s 100 m sprint final.
The 22-year-old sprinter, Dhanalakshmi of Tamil Nadu grabbed the gold by clocking 11.39. Dutee Chand stood second by clocking 11.58. With this, Dhanalakshmi of Odisha became the fastest woman of the championships at the NIS Patiala Campus. Another athlete from Tamil Nadu, Archana Suseendran stood third with 11.76 seconds.
The much-anticipated final between Hima Das and Dutee Chand did not live up to the expectations, as Hima was shown the red card. Dutee and Dhanalakshmi couldn’t touch the Olympic qualification mark of 11.15 seconds.
The Fastest men in Fed. Cup 2021
In the men’s 100 m final Gurindervir Singh of Punjab grabbed the gold medal. The athlete from Punjab clocked 10.32 seconds. Elakkiyadasan Kannada of Tamil Nadu stood second with a timing of 10.43. Maharashtra’s Satish Krishnakumar grabbed the bronze medal (10.56).
Shockingly, National record holder Amiya Kumar Mallick of Odisha finished in the seventh spot. He clocked 10.75.
M R Poovamma, from Karnataka, grabbed the gold in women’s 400 m. She clocked 53.57 seconds in the final race. The second and third position in the event was grabbed by Tamil Nadu’s Subha Venkatesan (54.48) and Kiran Pahal of Haryana respectively.
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