Chance for shot putter Tajinderpal to make it to Paris Olympics

Tajinderpal will hope to breach the Paris Olympics qualification standard of 21.50m.

April 29, 2024 09:44 pm | Updated 09:44 pm IST - Bengaluru

File photo of Tajinderpal Singh Toor.

File photo of Tajinderpal Singh Toor. | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar

Shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor will strive to make a mark in the Indian Grand Prix track and field competition at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on April 30. 

Tajinderpal will hope to breach the Paris Olympics qualification standard of 21.50m. This is not beyond the reach of the Services athlete, whose personal best stands at 21.77m. 

The tournament also marks the return of sprinter Hima Das, who was provisionally suspended by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for three whereabouts failures last year. 

Hima and 2016 Rio Olympian Srabani Nanda are among the eight competitors in the women’s 200m event. 

Eldhose Paul, who recorded a wind-assisted 17.03m jump to win the men’s triple jump gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, is also in action. The Olympic qualification mark, set at 17.22m, might be a bridge too far. 

2023 Asian Athletics Championships silver medallist Shaili Singh and Kerala’s Nayana James fight for the women’s long jump crown. In the third edition of the Indian Open Jumps competition held here recently, Nayana edged out Shaili to grab gold.

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