Indian Grand Prix: Asian Games winner Manjit Singh, 3 others make reduce for Asian Championships


Four Indian athletes – within the men’s and girls’ 1500 metres race – controlled to clear the Athletics Federation of India qualification hints for Asian Athletics Championships to be held in Doha, from April 21 to April 24. The qualification marks were made within the fourth leg of the Indian Athletics Grand Prix held in Panchkula, Chandigarh on Wednesday. The very last choice of Indian group for Doha championships will take location after the twenty-third Federation Cup Senior National Athletics Championships to be held from March 15-18 in Patiala. Haryana athlete Manjit Singh Chahal, who had won a gold medal inside the 800m at the Asian Games, grabbed the win within the men’s 1500m race. He crossed the end line in a time of 3 minutes and 45.37 seconds, going under the qualification guiding principle which stood at three minutes and forty-six seconds. He turned into joined with the aid of Ajay Kumar Saroj, who clocked a time of 3: forty-five .75 mins, additionally beneath the qualification guideline. Saroj, 22, could be hoping to guard his Asian Championships gold medal, having received the 1500m race on the previous version in Bhubaneswar in 2017. In the ladies’ opposition over the equal distance, Lili Das and PU Chithra went underneath the AFI’s guiding principle of 4:15.00 minutes. The 21-12 months-old Das clocked a time of 4:13.53 minutes to aspect out Chithra who clocked a time of four: thirteen. Fifty-eight minutes. Chithra won the gold medal of the 1500m race on the 2017 version of the AAC in Bhubaneswar. VK Vismaya of Kerala and Arokia Rajiv of Tamil Nadu won the girls and men’s 200m races respectively.


Rajiv who won two silver medals over the 4×400 guys and combined group relay on the Asian Games in 2018, became rapid off the blocks within the 200m race and won with a time of 20.Seventy-four seconds, now not far from the countrywide record of 20.63s which stands inside the call of Muhammad Anas. Rajiv became infrequently challenged in his race, with national document holder Anas clocking 21.15s to take silver while Punjab’s Lovepreet Singh is claiming bronze with a time of 21.59s.

In the ladies’ race, VK Vismaya, who is higher regarded for prevailing a relay gold inside the women’s 400m at the Asian Games won over the shorter distance with a new personal excellent time. Vismaya clocked 23.80s to shave .10 off her previous first-class. She easily beat Karnataka’s NS Inchara who stopped the clock at 24.05s while Anjali Devi climbed the 0.33 step of the podium with a time of 24.35s. Poovamma MR gained the girls’ 400 metres with a time of fifty-three.73s, even as Saritaben Gayakwad got here in 2nd, best 0.04s slower than the former. Jisna Mathew changed into third with a time of fifty four.17s.