Athletics

All eyes on Jinson Johnson

Indian Grand Prix athletics today

Asian Games winner Jinson Johnson would be expected to prove his credentials as he headlines the second leg of the Indian Grand Prix athletics at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Wednesday.

Johnson has been part of the national camp ahead of the calendar’s maiden outing this year, his first competition since the Jakarta Asian Games in August last. Tajinder Pal Singh Toor, who qualified for the Asian Championships in the first leg three days back, has decided to skip the event.

Quartermiler Hima Das, expected to participate in the event, has been training abroad and has to appear for her exams, ruling her out.

Johnson, in fact, is likely to have an easy outing in the absence of any strong competition in the 1500m. Barring the absence of Hima, however, the women’s 400m is expected to see a full-strength field with Jisna Mathew, M.R. Poovamma, Anu Raghavan and V.K. Vismaya, all having entered their participation.

More than winning, the big names would be looking to get a decent timing ahead of the Federation Cup next month.

While some rustiness is expected in the season-opener, a quick run here for the Asian meet would give them enough time to prepare without worrying about qualifications.

Also hoping to do better than her 100m performance from the first leg would be Dutee Chand, this time in the 200m, with Soniya Baishya her only close competition.

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