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Toor makes it to Olympics in shot put; Dutee, Hima miss the bus at Patiala meet

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Patiala (Punjab), June 21 (MNN) Top Indian athletes Hima Das, Dutee Chand, Tejinderpal Singh Toor, Kamalpreet Kaur, Dhanalakshmi and Archana Suseentran shattered many national records at the Indian Grand Prix series 4 here on Monday though Dutee and Hima failed to make the cut for the Tokyo Olympics.

Indian sprinter Hima Das clocks 22.88s to win the 200m race in IGP4 but missed out on Olympic qualification mark.

Toor qualified for Tokyo Olympics 2020 in men’s shot put by showing brilliant improvement in his performance to surpass his previous best from 20.92m to 21.49m to break the national record.

He also created an Asian record with his throw of 21.49m. The previous record was 21.13m set in 2009.

Tokyo Olympics-bound discus thrower Kamalpreet created a new national record of 66.59m, breaking her own record of 65.06m.

Ace sprinter Dutee Chand broke her own national record by clocking 11.17 seconds in the 100-metre heats. However, she missed out on the Tokyo Olympics spot by a mere 0.02 seconds.

India A team in the 4x100m women’s relay event comprising Dutee, Hima, Dhanalakshmi and Archana Suseentran broke the 5-year-old national record of 43.42s with a timing of 43.37s.

Meanwhile, Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi extended greetings to Toor on his selection for Olympics, saying that this achievement will infuse confidence among other athletes as well.

The Minister said Toor had also broken the Asian record of 21.13m set by Sultan Abdulmajeed Al-Hebshi.

Toor hails from Khosa Pando village in Moga district of Punjab. His first international medal came at the Asian Athletics Championships in 2017, where he finished second with a throw of 19.77m.

He won gold at the 2018 Asian Games with a total record throw of 20.75m. The throw also broke the national record at that time.

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