Indian Navy’s ace athlete MP Jabir qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in 400m hurdles yesterday after he clocked 49.78s to win gold at the recently concluded Inter-State Athletics Championships in Patiala. Jabir qualified through the World ranking quota where there are 14 spots available.
The 25-year-old sailor hails from Malappuram, Kerala. He is currently ranked 34th in the World Athletics’ Road to Olympics rankings where 40 athletes qualify.
When he competes in the Tokyo Olympics, Jabir would be the first Indian male athlete to participate in the 400m hurdles in Olympics. PT Usha, the legendary athlete from Kerala, competed in the 400-metre hurdles at the Los Angeles Olympics. That makes Jabir the second from the state of Kerala to compete in the same event in the Olympics.