Bedros shocked with Arpinder’s poor run

Arpinder Singh.   | Photo Credit: Biswaranjan Rout

He is the Asian Games champion and was the first Indian to win a medal at the IAAF Continental Cup last year. But after a bit of a high last season, this year is turning out to be a very disappointing one for triple jumper Arpinder Singh.

The 26-year-old from Punjab, who has a personal best of 17.17m, was in poor form as he finished eighth with a best of 15.78m in the Classic Permit Meeting de Montreuil near Paris on Tuesday. American Christian Taylor, the Olympic and World champion, won the event with 17.41m.

Earlier this month, Arpinder had won the gold in another meet in France, at Pezenas with a mediocre 15.85m.

“Yes, I’m shocked with Arpinder’s performance. For somebody who has jumped above 17m, he should be doing something like 16.70m,” Romanian Bedros Bedrosian, the national coach for jumps, told The Hindu from Bucharest on Wednesday.

“I don’t think he is aggressive enough during the jumps, he is probably not attacking enough. The last time I saw him, at the Asian Games in Jakarta (in September 2018), his technique appeared to be coming down.”

Arpinder failed to qualify for the recent Asian championships in Doha after finishing fourth in the Federation Cup in March with 16.34m and with the qualification standard for this September’s World championships being 16.95m, he certainly has a lot of work to do.

“With such performances, I don’t think he can qualify for the Worlds, but Arpinder is a fighter,” said Bedros, who plans to return to India later this month after a long break.

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