India’s Tajinderpal Singh Toor, the reigning Asian Games champion in men’s shot-put, has qualified for Tokyo Games with an Asian record throw of 21.49 metres in the Indian Grand Prix IV in Patiala. Toor’s performance of 21.49 metres, a national record, bettered the Asian record of 21.13 metres as well as the qualifying mark of 21.10 metres. The 26-year-old’s previous best was 20.92 metres. He is the 11th Indian to qualify for Olympics in track and field. Toor sealed the Olympic berth with his opening throw of 21.49 metres.
In the women’s 100-metre sprint, Dutee Chand clocked 11.17 seconds to improve her national record of 11.24 seconds which she had clocked in Ranchi in 2019. But, she fell short of the Tokyo Olympics qualification time of 11.15 seconds. However, Dutee anchored India A women’s 4x100m relay team to gold medal with a national record of 43.37 seconds.
Meanwhile, Hockey India named veteran striker Rani Rampal as the Captain of the 16-member Indian women’s hockey squad for next month’s Tokyo Games. Defender Deep Grace Ekka and seasoned goalkeeper Savita Punia will be Vice-Captains of the team.
Rani was also skipper of the Indian women hockey team that competed in 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
In archery, Mexico, US, and Italy have won the last three archery recurve women’s team quota places for the Tokyo while the Indian team failed to progress at the final Olympic qualification tournament in Paris.
Second seeds India were the favourites to qualify, but they lost 0-6 to Colombia in the second round and crashed out of the competition.
In the gold medal match, Mexico beat the US 5-3.
Italy sealed the last team quota place by defeating Spain 5-3.