After two failed attempts and an average effort of 16.36 metres in the third,triple-jumper Renjith Maheshwary was returning to get ready for the fourth attempt when he was stopped by his Italian coach Evegene Shivilli. The coach,who was sitting in the stands and closely watching Renjith,didn’t seem too pleased with his performance. In his broken English the coach told his ward to add another yard of pace to his run-up.
But Renjith once again faced his coach’s ire for sipping tea before his fourth attempt. What followed next was a jump of 16.78,which was better than his performance in the first leg of the Indian Grand Prix at the same venue. However,it was still seven centimeters short of the B Qualification standard for the upcoming World Championships in Moscow in August. And his effort to touch the 17-metre mark ended when his last two attempts also resulted in fouls.
“The last jump certainly would have been more than 17 if it was not a foul. However,I am satisfied with my performance and there are six more competitions to go before the major events. I am certainly looking forward to the Federation Cup where I expect to do much better,” said Maheshwary,who had a rather forgettable outing at London Olympics with three fouls. He and Arpinder Singh,who had shocked him enroute to the gold in National Games two years ago,were the only two jumpers to breach the 16-metre mark.
Also,coming off from a rather below average throw of 18.12m in the last leg,shot putter Om Prakash Singh Karhana improved his performance by throwing the iron ball to 18.65 metres though it was one-and-a-half metres less than what is required to qualify for world championship at Moscow.
“I got married in December last year and I started practicing only in January. My aim is to breach the 20m mark. The next few events would be important before the Commonwealth and Asian Games next year. I am participating in Diamond League too,” said Karhana.
Meanwhile,MR Poovamma,who missed last leg due to typhoid,showed she was still good enough by winning the women 400m race by clocking 53.59 metre,which was 2.54s less than the national record in the name of Manjeet Kaur. “Due to typhoid,I could not train much and I started training only a week ago, she said.