Star shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor broke the meet record with a throw of 19.95 meters to win the gold medal on the opening day of the second Indian Open throw and jump competition at the Inspire Institute of Sports (IIS) in Bellary, Karnataka on Wednesday. With his stellar performance, Toor also made Asian Games cut by clearing the 19m mark, which is the qualifying standard for the Asian Games set by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), in the men’s shot put.
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Tajinderpal Singh Toor threw 19.95m to beat his own record of 19.94m set in Patiala by a centimeter. He made four attempts better than 19.51m but could only manage a best effort of 19.95m. Meanwhile, Toor pipped Karanveer Singh, who won the silver medal, with a throw of 19.54m. Sahib Singh finished third with an effort of 18.77m. At the same time, a new star on the circuit Karanveer Singh also broke the qualifying standard set by the AFI to make the Asian Games cut.
On the other hand, in the women’s shot put, Manpreet Kaur won gold with a throw of 16.73m. She also broke the Asian Games cut for the qualification mark of 16.30m. While Abha Khatua won the silver medal with a throw of 15.06m. Kachnar Chaudhary of Rajasthan won the bronze with a throw of 14.34m.
Later in the men’s javelin throw, in the absence of Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra, Odisha’s Kishore Jena broke the meet record held by Rohit Yadav with a throw of 78.93m. He too made the Asian Games cut as the entry standard was set at 78.23m for men’s javelin throwers. Punjab’s Sarbjeet Singh won the silver with a throw of 75.63m. While Abhishek Drall won the bronze with his final throw of 73.51m.
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Meanwhile, Karishma Sanil (Karnataka) won the gold in the women’s event with a throw of 47.60m. While Hemamalini Neelakandan (Tamil Nadu) and Priya Attri (Uttar Pradesh) won the silver and bronze with their respective efforts of 45.78m and 45.75m. Manjeet (51.24m) and Kalavathi Basappa Teli (44.83m) won the men’s and women’s discus throw events respectively. In the hammer throw, Yuvraj Jakhar (52.69m) won the men’s event. While Rekha’s 54.44m won the gold medal in the women’s event.