Many Indian track and field athletes, including star sprinters Duty Chand and Hima Das, will make one last attempt to reserve their Olympic seats in the National Interstate Championships, which begin here on Friday.
Rated as a category “B” event by the World Athletics, the five-day event offers some of the best athletes a chance to break the qualifying standards for an automatic Olympic port or to collect valuable ranking points to get to the Games.
The championship, which is held under strict COVID-19 protocols, was previously planned to be held in Bengaluru, but was moved to the NIS campus here in view of possible logistical problems, as the elite athletes based here will not travel to the capital of Karnataka due to the pandemic.
Two Olympic-bound athletes, throwing star Nieraj Singh, who is currently on a training tournament in Europe, and the 3,000-meter Avinash Sable steeplechase will not be taking part in the event.
The Dutee missed the 11.15-second automatic qualifier by two thousand seconds during the Indian Grand Prix 4 here on Monday, despite breaking its own national record. It will strive to do better and book an automatic stop, although it is on track to reach the Tokyo Olympics based on the world rankings.
Hima, who has had a problem with a lower injury for a long time, set his personal record of 20.88 seconds in the 200 meters on the IGP 4, but still missed the automatic qualifying score of 20.80 seconds.
She must violate the qualification standard if she wants to book a ticket to Tokyo, as her world rankings may not be good enough for an Olympic port.
Hima is also part of the 4x100m relay quartet, along with Dutee, Archana Suseendran and S Dhanalakshmi, who want to book a place to play in Tokyo.
They broke the national record during the IGP-4, but their time of 43.37 seconds was not enough to put them in the top 16 on the Road to Tokyo list.
To do so, they must run at least 43.05 seconds – the team’s time from 16th on the list – and wait until the June 29 deadline. The Indians are currently in 20th place.
Similarly, the men’s 4x400m relay team of Mohamed Anas Yahya, Amoy Jacob, Arokia Rajiv and Noah Nirmal Tom will strive to improve their time from 3: 02.61 seconds during IGP-4 to 3: 02.56 seconds or even better to pick up from the current ranking of 16 to be sure of a ticket to Tokyo.
For relay events, the top 16 teams in the Road to Tokyo rankings will take part in the Olympic Games at midnight on June 29. Teams from Sri Lanka and the Maldives are also competing in the 4x400m relay and the women’s 4x100m relay to give it international status and meet the established Olympic qualifying rule.
Other Sri Lankans are also lining up at individual events in their latest bid to win a place in the Tokyo Games. Nadeesha Ramanayake (400 meters for women) and Nimali Waliwarsha (800 meters for women) are among the famous names of the island nation.
Shivpal Singh (men’s javelin throw), Kamalpreet Kaur (women’s javelin throw), Tajinderpal Singh Toor man with cannonball and jumper M Sreeshankar have booked Olympic quotas, violating qualifying standards, and they will use their events to use the event. skills.
The men’s high jumper Tejaswin Shankar will be another athlete who will try to break the Olympic qualifying mark of 2.33 m. He had won gold at the Grand Prix of the United States in outdoor athletics on May 16 with a jump of 2.28 meters.
The athlete from Delhi, who is currently studying at Kansas State University, flew from the United States to participate in the championship. He has little chance of reaching the Olympics based on the world rankings.
Up to six finals are scheduled for the opening day on Friday. The scepter and the 10,000m race are the two events for men, while the women will compete in the 5,000m, 100m hurdles, triple jump and hammer throw for medals.
Given the situation with COVID-19 and to reduce the overcrowding of athletes, the championship is held in two places, including the territory of the University of Punjab here.
In addition to the 4x400m medley relay team, 11 Indian athletes have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in individual competitions.