Chandigarh, June 21, 2021-
India’s Tajinderpal Singh Toor, the reigning Asian Games champion in men’s shot put, has qualified for Tokyo Olympic Games with an Asian record throw of 21.49m in the Indian Grand Prix IV here on Monday.
Toor’s performance of 21.49m, a national record, bettered the Asian record of 21.13m as well as the qualifying mark of 21.10m. The 26-year-old’s previous best was 20.92m.
He is the 11th Indian to qualify for Olympics in track and field.
Toor sealed the Olympic berth with his opening throw of 21.49m. His legal throws were 21.28, 21.13 and 21.13.
“It is a big relief to compete as we could not go abroad for competitions due to the pandemic. I am glad that I could do my best on Monday. I was aiming for 21.50m and I got that with my first throw,” Toor said in a media interaction.
On this stupendous feat of Toor, Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi extended greetings saying that this achievement will infuse confidence among other athletes to conquer the world with iron hand. He said that with this, he also broke Asian record of 21.13 of Sultan Abdulmajeed Al-Hebshi.
Pertinently Tajinderpal Singh Toor hails from the Khosa Pando village in the Moga district of Punjab. He was into cricket before switching full-time to shot put based on recommendations by his father. His uncle helped train him initially. His first international medal was at the Asian Athletics Championships in 2017, where he finished second with a throw of 19.77. He won Gold at the 2018 Asian Games with a total record throw of 20.75m. The throw also broke the national record at that time.
400m (compiled from Races A and B): Sarthak Bhambri (Delhi) 47.45 seconds, Amit Balyan (Haryana) 47.52, Alex Anthony (Kerala) 47.55.
1500m: Ajay Kumar Saroj (Uttar Pradesh) 3:43.46, Ishu Solanki (Haryana) 3:53.55, Sukhanpreet Singh (Punjab) 3:56.31.
400m hurdles: MP Jabir (Kerala) 50.51 seconds.
3000m steeplechase: Shankar Lal Swami (Haryana) 8:34.40, Mohammed Nur Hasan (Uttar Pradesh) 9:19.18, Parveen Dhanda (Haryana) 9:24.86 seconds.
4x400m Relay: India A (Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Amoj Jacob, Arokia Rajiv and Noah Nirmal Tom) 3:02.61, India B 3:11.77, Maldives 3:37.38 secs.
Long Jump: M Sreeshankar (Kerala) 7.74m, Yugant Shekhar Singh (Uttar Pradesh) 7.67m, Muhammed Anees Yahiya (Kerala) 7.60m.
Triple Jump: Eldhose Paul (Kerala) 16.62m, Karthik Unnikrishnan (Kerala) 16.21m, Abdulla Aboobacker (Kerala) 15.90m.
Shot put: Tajinderpal Singh Toor (Punjab) 21.49m (New National Record. Old: 20.92m, Tajinderpal Singh Toor, Ranchi, October 12, 2019); 2. Karanveer Singh (Punjab) 20.00m, Vanam Sharma (Rajasthan) 19.93m.
Javelin Throw: Rohit Yadav (Uttar Pradesh) 75.83m, Arshdeep Singh (Punjab) 75.58, Rajender Singh (Haryana) 74.28m. (Agency)