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Tajinderpal, Annu Rani rewrite meet marks, showcase consistency at Patiala event

Javelin thrower Annu Rani in action at the 60th National Interstate Athletics Championships in Patiala on June 28, 2021. Photo: SAI

Patiala, June 28 (MNN) Shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor of Punjab and javelin thrower Annu Rani of Uttar Pradesh set new meet records on the penultimate day of the 60th National Interstate Athletics Championships here on Monday.

Both players showed that their preparations for next month’s Tokyo Olympics were well on track, with their performance at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports here.

Toor, who qualified for the Olympics with a new National Record of 21.49m here last week, showed a praiseworthy consistency with each of his five legal puts over the 20m mark.

Despite securing the meet mark with 20.63m on his second try and assured of victory with 20.96m on his fourth visit to the circle, he uncorked a final put of 21.10m

Annu Rani, who had trained her sights on the Olympic qualifying mark of 64.00m, opened with a throw of 62.83m to improve her own meet mark by nearly three metres.

Assured of victory, the world number 13 stepped over the line each time subsequently to register no more legal throws as her efforts did not travel the distance.

It was the 10th time in her last 11 competitions, dating back to August 30, 2019, that she went past 60m mark.

Sri Lanka’s Kalinga Kumarage and Karnataka’s Priya Habbanathahally won the men’s and women’s quarter-mile events respectively.

Kumarage found the pace to clock a personal best time of 45.73 seconds, improving on the 45.99 he clocked in the Jakarta Asian Games nearly three years ago.

With National Record holder M Sreeshankar (Kerala) not competing on Monday, his teammate Muhammed Anees Yahiya claimed the men’s long jump title with a best effort of 7.76m on his last try.

Yugant Shekhar Singh of Uttar Pradesh, who had a best of 7.63 on his third attempt, went all-out to wrest the lead but ended up with three no marks.

There would great interest in the final day’s schedule when discus thrower Seema Punia will try to breach the Olympic qualifying mark of 63.50m.

Besides, the men’s 4x400m relay squad would attempt to match, if not better, the 3:01.89 clocked on Friday to confirm their place for the Tokyo Olympics 2021.

Results (finals):
Men

400m: Kalinga Kumarage (Sri Lanka) 45.73s; Vikrant Panchal (Haryana) 46.83; Sarthak Bhambri (Delhi) 47.25.

1500m: Ajay Kumar Saroj (Uttar Pradesh) 3:42.55; Shashi Bhushan Singh (West Bengal) 3:44.19; Rahul (Delhi) 3:46.17.

Long Jump: Muhammed Anees Yahiya (Kerala) 7.76m; Yugant Shekhar Singh (Uttar Pradesh) 7.63; Rishabh Rishishwar (Uttar Pradesh) 7.54.

Shot Put: Tajinderpal Singh Toor (Punjab) 21.10m (New Meet Record. Old: 20.44m, Inderjeet Singh, Chennai, 2015); Karanveer Singh (Punjab) 19.33; Vanam Sharma (Rajasthan) 18.33.

4x100m relay: Maharashtra (Harsh Ajay Rana, K Pandurang Bhosale, A Prakash Khot and S Rajesh Naitam) 41.23; Kerala 41.99; Tamil Nadu 42.03.

Women

400m: Priya Habbathanahally (Karnataka) 53.29 seconds; MR Poovamma (Karnataka) 53.54; Veeramani Revathi (Tamil Nadu) 53.71.

10,000m: Pooja Harijan (Rajasthan) 35:29.59; Phoolan Pal (Uttar Pradesh) 37:30.24; Jyoti (Uttar Pradesh) 38:23.21.

Javelin Throw: Annu Rani (Uttar Pradesh) 62.83m (New Meet Record. Old: 59.87m, Annu Rani, Hyderabad, 2016); Sanjana Choudhary (Rajasthan) 52.65; Pushpa Jakhar (Haryana) 52.48.

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