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Tejinder Toor improves national record, inches closer to Tokyo Olympics

Tejinder Toor, the national record-holder in the men's shot put event, overcame difficult conditions to improve his personal best to 20.92m on Saturday, which is still 0.18m short of the Olympic qualifying mark.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: October 12, 2019 9:28:05 pm
Tejinder Toor is the holder of the national record in the shot put event (File Photo)

Yet another Indian athlete soared to a new personal best and a new national record at the ongoing National Open Athletics Championships in Ranchi on Saturday. Tejinder Toor, the holder of the national record in the men’s shot put event, overcame difficult conditions to register a distance of 20.92 metres with his throw – a new best for him and India.

Toor’s throw of 20.92m was far better than his previous season best – 20.43m (registered at the World Championships in Doha earlier this month) – and also significantly more than his previous personal best – 20.75m (registered at the Asian Games last year).

Toor’s throw was 0.18m short of the automatic Olympic qualifying mark, which has been set at 21.10m.

Toor’s throw, according to current standings, is the 34th best throw in the world this year.

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After a half-hour delay caused by heavy rain, the 25-year-old Toor warmed up with a put of 20.41m, just 2cm short of his season’s best that he managed during the World Championships in Doha on October 3.

He followed that up with a 20.29m effort before uncorking the biggest throw yet by an Indian and raising his arms in triumph as soon as he knew he had got a new national mark.

On his subsequent attempts, he egged himself on to try and get 21.10m — the Olympic Games qualifying standard — but without any success.

“I was in good rhythm today. I was aiming 21.30 to 21.40 and I think it crossed that in the last throw but unfortunately it was a foul. I will try again to qualify for Olympics at the World Military Games in Wuhan, China later this month. It will be a good competition at Wuhan,” Toor said.

Noah Nirmal Tom and VK Vismaya claimed the 400m titles for men and women respectively as evidence of their rising stature among India’s consistent quartermilers.

The 25-year-old Tom clocked 45.88 seconds, only his second sub 46 second run.

The 22-year-old Vismaya’s time of 52.71 seconds was her fifth fastest, having clocked 52.12 In the Josefa Seckare Memorial in Brno on August 28.

With Jisna Mathew (Kerala) not finishing the race, Vismaya beat two challengers from Haryana — 19-year-old Kiran and Anjali Devi Kundu.

(With PTI inputs)

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