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Top Indian track & field athletes who are still in contention to qualify for Paris Olympics

Published at :June 10, 2024 at 2:27 AM
Modified at :July 6, 2024 at 6:00 PM
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Ashwathy Rajendran

These athletes are still vying for a spot to represent their country at the sporting megafest.

Indian athletics has firmly asserted its presence on the world stage with outstanding performances at prestigious global competitions such as the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Athletics Championships, the Diamond League and World Championships.

As the qualification window for Paris 2024 nears its close, let’s spotlight the Indian track and field stars in contention for a spot at the prestigious games.

Jyothi Yarraji

Jyothi Yarraji, the Asian Games silver medalist equaled her national record in the women’s 100m hurdles at the Motonet GP Jyvaskyla athletics meet in Finland. Despite this, she narrowly missed the Paris 2024 Olympics qualifying mark by 0.01s.

Jyothi’s pursuit for Olympic qualification encountered close calls at previous events as well. At the World University Games in Chengdu last year, she fell short of the entry standard by a mere 0.01s. Similarly, at a recent athletics meet in the Netherlands, she missed the qualifying mark by just one-tenth of a second.

DP Manu

DP Manu achieved a season-best throw of 82.06m at the Federation Cup in Bhubaneswar. Despite this impressive mark, he still aims to meet the Paris 2024 Olympics qualification standard of 85.50m in javelin throw. His personal best stands at 84.35m which was achieved two years ago.

Annu Rani

Annu Rani set her personal best of 63.82m at the Indian Open in Jamshedpur in 2022, which is the women’s javelin throw national record in India and her winning throw at the 2023 Asian Games measured 62.92m. However, to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics she needs to reach the 64m mark.

Jeswin Aldrin

With Murali Sreeshankar sidelined, Jeswin Aldrin will be next to carry India’s aspirations in the men’s long jump. Holding India’s national record at 8.42m, Aldrin is yet to meet the Olympic entry standard since the athletics qualification window commenced on July 1 last year.

The Indian long jumper has participated at four different meets in 2024, achieving a best leap of 7.83m in Belgrade thus far.

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Abdulla Aboobacker

The Indian men’s triple jumpers are still striving to reach the Olympic qualifying mark set at 17.22m. Abdulla Aboobacker, the reigning Asian champion and Commonwealth Games silver medalist secured victory in his event at the Indian Open Jumps Competition 2024 in Bengaluru with a leap of 16.76m, which is his season-best.

Praveen Chitravel

Praveen Chithravel came incredibly close to Olympic qualification during the men’s triple Jump event at the Indian Grand Prix 1.

With a remarkable leap of 17.12m in his fourth attempt, he was just 0.10m shy of the 2024 Paris Olympics qualification mark of 17.22m.

Abha Khatua

Abha shattered the national record and clinched the gold medal at the recently concluded Federation Cup with an impressive 18.41m leap.

Presently placed safely at the World Athletics, she’s in contention for the Paris Games, where 32 athletes will secure spots. To secure direct qualification, Khatua needs to surpass the 18.80m barrier.

Tajinderpal Singh Toor

Just a month ago, Tajinderpal Singh Toor was absent from the ‘Road to Paris’ rankings. However, his outstanding throw of 20.38m at the Federation Cup in Bhubaneswar propelled him into first position and greatly improved his global ranking.

Despite being a two-time Asian Games gold medalist, he still falls short of the direct qualification mark of 21.5m.

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