Jauna Murmu created Meet record in women’s 400m hurdle, while A Dharun and Santosh Kumar T came under the games qualification mark of 50.80 in the men’s category to make it to the Asian Games. Sandeep Kumari, Sanjeevani Jadhav, Sarita Singh and Dutee Chand were among others to make the cut.
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Odisha’s Jauna Murmu set the ball rolling by being the first athlete to earn the berth in Jakarta Games as she qualified for women’s 400m hurdles. Her winning time of 57.02 seconds was inside the qualifying mark of 57.52 secs and in the
“It was a nervous start. But I managed to handle the pressure as the race progressed. When I entered the home straight, I couldn’t see my rivals and that was when I
The 27-year-old clocked her season best on Tuesday while her personal best is 56.86 seconds in 2010 edition of Asian Games in Guangzhou.
“The win today will erase all those bad memories,” she said.
In the men’s 400m hurdles, the three podium finishers – Dharun Ayyasamy (49.68 secs) of Tamil Nadu, Santosh Kumar (50.10) of AFI and Jashanjot Singh (50.64) of Punjab – ran below the qualifying time of 50.80. However, as per the Athletics Federation of India norms, only the top two players are sent in individual events. Thus Jashanjot Singh will miss out on Asian Games even after bettering the mark.
Dharun and Santhosh were part of the national team that went for a three-week training stint in Poland’s Olympic training
“It was challenging as Santhosh and Jashanjot were breathing down my neck. Somehow, I found that inner strength to surge ahead of them in the last 50m.”
Sanjeevani Jadhav of Maharashtra easily made the cut in women’s 5,000m, as even she bettered the meet mark of 15:46.92 secs by winning in 15:38.78 secs to eclipse. The qualifying time was 15:45 secs.
In the preliminary rounds of women’s 200m, Dutee Chand of Odisha was the fastest with the time of 23.45 secs, better than the qualifying mark of 23.50 secs, making the cut for games. Local
The two field athletes who qualified for the games were hammer thrower Sarita R Singh of Uttar Pradesh and discus thrower Sandeep Kumari of Haryana. Sarita qualified with a winning throw of 63.28m. She also bettered the meet record of 63.22m. The qualifying mark was 60m.
While discus thrower Sandeep Kumari qualified for Jakarta Games with a best throw of 58.41m with
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