Vikas Gowda and Siddhant Thingalaya have strengthened the Indian team for the Asian athletics championships to be held in Pune from July 4 to 7.

Though the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) had announced that only the top three from the recent inter-State championship in

Chennai would be considered for selection, it made exceptions for the top athletes, particularly Thingalaya who was unlucky to miss selection for the high hurdles for the London Games.

The presence of discus thrower Gowda, along with other Olympians Krishna Poonia and Tintu Luka, should enhance India’s aspirations to have the best haul in the meet. he AFI also announced a list of 30-odd coaches to prepare the team in the best possible fashion.

The team: Men: 100m and relay: Anirudh Kalidas Gujjar, M. Vijay Kumar, Manikandan, Krishan Kumar Rane, Sameer Mon, K.G. Renjith; 200m: Pratiek Ninawe, Ritesh Anand, Amiya Kumar Mallick; 400m and relay: Kunhi Mohammed, Neeraj Pawar, Arokia Rajiv, Bibin Mathew, Davinder Singh, Sachin Roby; 400m hurdles: Satinder Singh, Jithin Paul, Rama Chandran. 800m: Sajeesh Joseph, Manjit Singh, Sagaya Raja Francis; 1500m: Sandeep-2, Pranjal Gogoi; 5000m: Lakshmanan, Nitinder Singh, Mohd. Yunus; 10,000m: Kheta Ram, Rati Ram Saini, Lakshmanan; 3000m steeplechase: Jaiveer Singh, Naveen Kumar; 110m hurdles: Siddhant Thingalaya, Pinto Mathew; High jump: Jithin Thomas, Nikhal Chittarasu; Pole vault: Praveen Kumar, P. Bala Krishna; Long jump: Prem Kumar, M. Arshad, Ankit Sharma; Triple jump: Renjith Maheswary, Arpinder Singh; Decathlon: Bharatinder Singh, Daya Ram, K. Dileep Kumar; Discus: Vikas Gowda, Arjun Singh, Vikas Poonia; Hammer throw: Chandrodaya Singh, Kamalpreet Singh, Kaushal Singh; Javelin: Krishan Kumar Patel, Samrjit Singh, Rajender Singh; Shot put: Inderjit Singh, Satyendra Singh, Om Prakash.

Women: 100m and relay: Asha Roy, Merlin K. Joseph, Sharadha Narayanan, Sini S, Srabani Nanda, Bhagyashree Shirke; 200m: Asha Roy, Dutee Chand, Srabani Nanda; 400m: M.R. Poovamma, Nirmala; 4x400m relay: Anu Mariam Jose, Anil Da Thomas, Sarita, Priyanka Mondal; 400m hurdles: Elavarasi, Anu R. 800m: Tintu Luka, M. Gomathi, Sushma Devi; 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m: O.P. Jaisha, Sini A. Marcose, Jhuma Khatoon, Preeja Sreedharan, L. Suriya, Kavita Raut, Monika Athare; 3000m steeplechase: Sudha Singh, Kiran Tiwari, Priyanka Patel; High jump: Sahana Kumari, Mallika Mondal; 100m hurdles: G. Gayathry, J. Hamasree; Pole vault: Khyathi, V.S. Sureka; Long jump: Mayookha Johny, Neena V, Prajusha M.A; Triple jump: Mayookha Johny, Sheena N.V., Amitha Baby; Heptathlon: Sushmita Singha Roy, Navpreet Kaur, Liksy Joseph; Discus: Krishna Poonia, Seema Antil, Navjeet Kaur Dhillon; Hammer: Manju Bala, Gunjan Singh; Javelin: Suman Devi, Annu Rani; Shot put: P. Udaya Laxmi, Neha Singh, Navjit Kaur.

Chief national coach: Bahadur Singh; Coaches: N. Ramesh, Sanjay Rai, Ranbir Singh Sidhu, Virender Poonia, Ankush Chaudhry Poonia, Subdeep Mann, Shakti Singh, Sub Kunhi Mohammed, Paramjit Singh, Kashi Nath, Naval Singh, Evgene Shivilli, Anatoli varda, Pawan Kumar Saini, Sanjay Garnaik, J.S. Bhatia, Surinder Singh, C.T. Durai, Tarun Shah, Prasad Reddy, Ashish Kushwaha, Levgen Nikitin, Sharda, Subhash George, Shyam Kumar, P.T. Usha, Dr. Kuntal, Renu Kohli, Dr. R. Gandhi, Kamaal Ali, Mohd. Rustan Khan, M. A. George. Doctors: Dr. Jahnavi, Dr. Sarala.

Managers: Sant Dev Ramolla, Kamaljit Singh, Dr. V.K. Tyagi.

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