Patiala, June 29 (MNN) Discuss thrower Seema Punia set herself for a fourth Olympics with a gold-winning performance but star sprinter Hima Das and women’s 4x100m relay team failed to make the Tokyo cut at the 60th National Interstate Athletics Championships here on Tuesday.
Punia confirmed her spot at the Tokyo Games with a gold-winning throw of 63.72m. It was a new meet record and enough to breach the women’s discus throw Olympic qualifying mark of 63.50m.
The 37-year-old joins Kamalpreet Kaur as the second Indian women’s discus thrower to cross the qualifying mark for Tokyo. Kamalpreet had achieved her mark at the Federation Cup in March with a national record attempt of 65.06m.
Tokyo is set to be Seema Punia’s fourth Olympic appearance. She finished 14th at Athens 2004, 13th at London 2012 and 20th at Rio 2016.
India’s 4x100m women’s team relay, meanwhile, failed to make the most of what was their final opportunity to make the cut.
With Hima Das not participating, the team of Dutee Chand, Daneshwari, Archana Suseendran and Dhanalakshmi Sekar took to the track for the finals looking to breach the 43.04s mark.
They needed to beat the timing to break into the top 16 in World Athletics’ Race to Tokyo Rankings and book a place for the Summer Games.
The quartet won the gold but their 44.15s finish was well short of the Olympic mark. The Olympic qualification period ends on June 29.
Hima Das, meanwhile, suffered the same fate in the women’s 200m sprint.
The Assamese sprinter participated despite an injury and could only finish sixth with a timing of 25.03s. The Tokyo qualification time for the event is 22.80s.
The 60th Inter State Athletics Championships, which was the Indian track and field athletes’ last chance to book a ticket to Tokyo, ended Tuesday.