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Arpinder to train under Yaich

Perfect understanding: Arpinder says Yaich is a good coach and explains everything. File

Perfect understanding: Arpinder says Yaich is a good coach and explains everything. File   | Photo Credit: Biswaranjan Rout

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The triple jumper is focusing on the Worlds at the moment

With the World Championships to be held in four months and the Olympics in 14 months, Asian Games gold medallist triple jumper Arpinder Singh is thankful that he finally has some clarity going into these mega events.

Without any concrete response from the TOPS authorities about his plan to train under American coach Jeremy Fischer in Chula Vista, Arpinder was left confused.

However, the JSW-backed athlete got a boost when he trained for a few days under Antony Yaich, the chief athletics coach at the Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS) here.

“I wanted them to send me there (USA) for five or six months. Eventually, I went in the last week of December. My approval was only for two months. That whole group of triple jumpers under Fischer has been working for the Worlds since then. He couldn’t have taken me in the middle of his programme.

“When I came back to India, I was not ready to compete... I wanted to go back at the end of March. But that approval has still not come,” said Arpinder.

The triple jumper gained confidence and hope after training for 10 days with Yaich. “He is a good coach, explains everything. Even if the approval comes, I would like to continue my training with Yaich.

“He understands that there are only a few months left for the Worlds. If you change everything, your performance will be affected. We are changing only the major mistakes in my technique. My upper body leans forward a little and he has asked me to keep it stable.

“He also wants me to keep my arm motion straighter rather than moving from the side. He has told me to reduced my run-up by two metres (42m to 40m). He wants me to charge ahead in the first eight to 10 metres.”

The jumper is focusing on the Worlds. “I will be ready in two months. I hope to touch 17m... I hope to reach the qualifying mark (16.95m) for the Worlds in the inter-State competitions (Kolkata, July).”

(The writer was in Vijayanagara on an invitation from Inspire Institute of Sport).

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