On Friday evening the Athletics Federation of India had received entry confirmation for a meet in Kawasaki, Japan, for triple-jumper Mayookha Johny in early May. With time running out to qualify for the Olympics, athletes are looking to participate in as many competitions as possible and Johny is no exception. However, Johny’s immediate plans to participate abroad will be hit.
Mayookha had an injury scare in her first attempt in the final of the women’s triple jump at the 20th Federation Cup. Early diagnosis indicates that it will take at least three weeks for her to return to competition after she sprained her left ankle. Mayookha tumbled and fell into the sand pit in discomfort and lay down writhing in pain. She had to be stretchered off and taken to a hospital for a precautionary X-ray.
The athlete had returned from a training stint along with the elite jumpers in Potchefstroom, South Africa, where she had leapt a distance of 14.09 metres, a performance which indicated that the 28-year-old was getting back to her best. Her personal best in the hop-skip and jump event is 14.11, achieved at Kobe in 2011.
The women’s triple jump was won by Sheena Nellickal who registered a mark of 13.39 metres. On the final day of the Federation Cup, none of the Indian athletes met the qualifying standard for the Olympics Games. Four athletes broke meet records – Swati Haridas in the women’s 10,000 metres, Jithin Paul in the men’s 400 metre hurdles, Tintu Luka in the women’s 800 metres and Annu Rani in the women’s javelin throw.