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History-maker Inderjeet eventually disappoints in shot put final


Beijing: Though Inderjeet Singh became the first Indian to qualify for the shot put final at the World Athletics Championships, he ended 11th and last in the summit clash at the Bird’s Nest here on Sunday. Inderjeet came up with a best throw of of 19.52 meters in his first attempt of the final. The reigning Asian champion was disqualified on his second chance while his third attempt yielded a lowly 18.68m, putting him out of contention for the next three attempts.

American Joe Kovacs clinched the gold with a heave of 21.93m while David Storl of Germany (21.74m) and Jamaica’s Richards O’Daynhe (21.69) took silver and bronze, respectively. There were 12 competitors in the final but one did not start. Inderjeet, who clinched a bronze at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, was in better form in the qualification stage where he logged a best of 20.47m to finish fourth in Group A and overall eighth to qualify for the final. The sturdy left-hander from Haryana is the third Indian after Anju Bobby George (women’s long jump) and Vikas Gowda (men’s discuss throw) to reach the final of World athletics. Inderjeet’s season best throw of 20.65m is also his personal best.

In the Group A qualifier, Inderjeet disappointed with a throw of 19.15m in his first attempt and was disqualified in his second. However, he made a strong come back to make it count on his third and final chance with a throw of 20.47m which was enough to finish fourth in Group A and qualify for the final. Seven competitors qualified from Group A while five entered the final 12 via Group B. The qualifiers were also topped by Kovacs, who threw a distance of 21.36m. Earlier in the day, Baljinder Singh finished a creditable 12th in the men’s 20 km race walk, clocking his personal best time of one hour, 21 minutes and 44 seconds. The race was won by Miguel Lopez in 1:19:14, which is also the Spaniard’s personal best. Baljinder’s compatriots Gurmeet Singh finished 36th in 1:25:22 while Chandan Singh was 42nd in 1:26:40.


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Inderjeet, Chand, Babar bag gold at national athletics


Kolkata: Three of India’s top athletes Lalita Babar, Inderjeet Singh and Dutee Chand bagged gold in their respective events on the second day of the 55th National Open Athletic Championship at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre here on Thursday.

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Lalita Babar

In the women’s 3,000 metre steeplechase, Railways athlete Babar was by far the strongest as she clocked 9:39.83, registering a new meet record and beating the previous mark of 10:8:50 set by Sudha Singh last year. Singh came second this time around with a timing of 9:47:31.

Chand marked her return to the nationals by laying her hands on the coveted gold in women’s 100m sprint. She did not start off well, but was at her best in the last few metres as she edged past rival Srabani Nanda, who stood second.

Chand clocked 11.68 seconds, just ahead of Nanda who crossed the line in 11.70 seconds. The Railways athlete, however, fell short of the Olympic qualifying mark of 11.32 seconds.

Earlier as well, in the heats conducted on Wednesday, Dutee was a notch above the rest.

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Inderjeet Singh

The sprinter was banned last year by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as her body produced testosterone at levels which were deemed higher than the accepted limit for women sportspersons.

But the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in July cleared the sprinter by suspending the ‘hyperandrogenism’ rules, which may also be scrapped if the IAAF fails to provide evidence.

Shot putter Inderjeet too had a good day in office as he was a par above the rest in his event, clinching the gold medal with a meet record of 19.82m.

He broke the previous record of 19.59m set by Bahadur Singh in 2003. Om Prakash Singh managed to pocket the second position with a throw of 17.96m. Tajinder Singh got hold of the bronze with 17.87m.

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Dutee Chand

In men’s javelin throw, Neeraj Chopra bagged the meet record with a 77.67m throw, going past the previous best of 77.39m which was set in 2002 by Harminder Singh. However, it was quite far from the Olympic qualifying mark of 83m.

Even though Railways, Services and ONGC dominated on the second day, other states like West Bengal put up with some good performances, bagging three medals.

All three medals claimed by host West Bengal on Thursday came in the women’s section. Sugandha Kumari and Lily Das clinched gold and bronze respectively in the 1500m while Debashree Majumdar took silver in the 400m.