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National Open Athletics: Sreeshankar and Anjali first to qualify

M. Sreeshankar. File

M. Sreeshankar. File   | Photo Credit: Stan Rayan

Efforts at National Open clinch their Worlds berth

He may have had a disappointing Asian Games in Jakarta but young long jumper M. Sreeshankar’s national record at the National Open in Bhubaneswar a few weeks later came at a perfect time.

The 8.20m in the last week of September helped the 19-year-old become the first Indian to qualify for next year’s World championships in Doha.

The athletics world body IAAF announced its qualification standards for the Worlds (Sept. 27-Oct. 6, 2019) on Tuesday and fortunately for Sreeshankar, the entry gates for Doha opened on September 7 this year and closes on September 6, 2019.

And in men’s long jump, the automatic qualification standard is 8.17m.

Also making the cut is Haryana’s Anjali Devi in the women’s 400m with her stunning 51.79s (qualification time 51.80s) which came while winning the National Open gold.

But Asiad triple jump champion Arpinder Singh and the silver-winning 400m hurdler A. Dharun, who took part in the Bhubaneswar event, missed the qualification standard.

Arpinder had a best of 16.62m (qual. mark 16.95m) while Dharun had clocked 49.67s (qual. 49.30).

Apart from the automatic qualification standard, athletes can also qualify by winning the area championships.

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