Shot putters Tajinderpal Toor, Abha Khatua grab limelight  in the inaugural National Open Throws Competition6

Harpal Singh Bedi

Tajinderpal Singh Toor

Patiala: Shot putters Tajinderpal Singh Toor  and Abha Khatua, hogged the limelight in the inaugural National Open Throws Competition which however saw no  new record being created  at the Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports complex here on Sunday. 

Javelin  throwers Rohit Yadav, Sanjana Choudhary topped men and women  categories. Top Discus throwers  in men and  women section were Delhi’s Arjun and Uttar Pradesh’s Seema Antil

Athletic Federation of India (AFI) Chief Coach Radhakrishnan Nair pointed out that none of the athletes reduced his or her load ahead of this competition at the start of the new season.

He also said the athletes would have to attain or be close to the qualifying standards in the National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships 2022 to be held from June 10 to 14 to be considered for selection.

Toor, 27, opened the Asian Games year with a winning effort of 19.94m to claim gold. Each of his three valid attempts saw would have won him the title on Sunday when Karanveer Singh’s best was 19.17m.

The 26-year-old Abha Khatua became only the third Indian woman Shot Putter to breach the 17m mark when she claimed gold with a 17.09m effort.

The Bengal-born, who gave up Heptathlon to focus on one event joined two Manpreet Kaurs, separated by a six-year age gap, in the 17m Club. More significantly, she went past the Asian Games qualifying standard laid down by the Athletics Federation of India. 

Manpreet Kaur, the National record holder who has gone past the 17m mark in 10 competitions between 2015 and 2017, finished second on Sunday with 16.74m. The 31-year-old produced her best effort since return last year. 

Hammer thrower  Sarita R Singh got past the 60m mark for the first time since the 2018 Asian Games. The 32-year-old followed her winning throw of 61.78m on her fourth attempt with two throws of 61.30m and 60.25 to come away with satisfaction, though the Asian Games qualifying standard of 63.00m would have to wait for another day.

Madhya Pradesh’s Mahipal Singh’s opening throw of 54.80m in the men’s Hammer Throw was good to assure him the gold. 

Rohit Yadav, 21, secured  a fine  victory over Sahil Silwal in the  Javelin Throw competition. Trailing the Haryana athlete after four rounds, Rohit Yadav came up with efforts of 77.68m and 77.89m with his final two efforts to leave Sahil Silwal, elder by three weeks, with the silver medal.

Sanjana Choudhary, who had a series of second-place finishes last year, won the women’s Javelin Throw with 52.41m to edge the experiences Sharmila Kumari to silver medal spot while Seema Antil won the women’s Discus Throw with a best effort of 54.93m and 

The results:

Men

Shot Put: 1. Tajinderpal Singh Toor (Punjab) 19.94m; 2. Karanveer Singh (Punjab) 19.17; 3. Aniket (Uttarakhand) 17.63.

Discus Throw: 1. Arjun (Delhi) 53.28m; 2. Parshant Malik (Haryana) 50.39; 3. Arvind Rathee (Haryana) 50.25.

Hammer Throw: 1. Mahipal Singh Yadav (Madhya Pradesh) 54.80m; 2. Dupinder Singh (Haryana) 54.43; 3. Chetan (Haryana) 51.51.

Javelin Throw: 1. Rohit Yadav (Uttar Pradesh) 77.89m; 2. Sahil Silwal (Haryana) 77.01; 3. Rishabh Nehra (Uttar Pradesh) 72.60.

Women

Shot Put: 1. Abha Khatua (Maharashtra) 17.09m; 2. Manpreet Kaur (Haryana) 16.74m; 3. Kachnar Chaudhary (Rajasthan) 14.35.

Discus Throw: 1. Seema Antil (Uttar Pradesh) 54.93m; 2. 

Nidhi Rani (Haryana) 51.85; 3. Sunita (Haryana) 48.05.

Hammer Throw: 1. Sarita R Singh (Uttar Pradesh) 61.78m; 2. Preeti Sharawat (Uttar Pradesh) 47.06; 3. Maninderjit Kaur (Punjab) 45.00.

Javelin Throw: 1. Sanjana Choudhary (Rajasthan) 52.41m, 2. Sharmila Kumari (Haryana) 51.40, 3. Shakshi Sharma (Uttar Pradesh) 45.98.

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