The athletes from the country have set impressive benchmarks in field disciplines.
Athletics as a discipline is very diverse and full of many events. The two main categories are track and field which consist under the umbrella term of athletics. While track events involve running events at large and a few others that take place on the outer running track, field events take place on the field in the middle of the said track.
One can see athletics in several multi-sport meets and other championships, for eg, the Olympics. Athletics, by large also includes events like marathons and cross-country running which are done outside the arena. Track and field events are not a strong front for Indian athletes. However, on occasions, Indian athletes break forward and deliver outstanding performances in games like long jump, high jump, shot put, javelin throw, etc.
Similar to track events, Indian athletes hailing from diverse backgrounds have set national records in their respective field events. Here is a look at the Indian national records in field events:
Tejaswin Shankar holds the national record in the high jump with a leap of 2.29m. The athlete set the mark four years ago in 2018 and it still stands.
Subramani Siva is the national record holder in the pole vault event. He set a mark of 5.30m on 19 September 2018 at the All-India Inter-Services Championships.
The jump of 8.36m by Sreeshankar Murli is the best effort by an Indian in the long jump. He set this benchmark recently at the Federation Cup 2022.
Renjith Maheswary is the national record holder in the triple jump with a leap of 17.30 m. The record was set in 2016 and still stands unbroken.
Considering throwing events, the biggest throw and the national record attempt of 21.49m was set by Tejinder Toor in 2021 at the Indian Grand Prix.
The national record in discus throw is currently held by Vikas Gowda. The athlete set the mark of 66.28 m in 2012 and it has stood for 10 years already.
Kamalpreet Singh is the national record holder in the men’s category for the hammer throw. He set the record with a throw of 72.86m in 2015.
Neeraj Chopra (unsurprisingly) holds the national record with a throw of 88.07m. The Olympic gold medallist set the mark at the Indian Grand Prix 2021 in Patiala. It is worth noting that he won the gold in Tokyo with a throw of 87.58m, becoming the first-ever Indian to win gold at the Olympics in athletics.
Sahana Kumari set a national record in the high jump with a leap of 1.92m. She set the record way back in 2012 and it is yet to be broken.
In the women’s pole vault, V.S Surekha holds the record with a vault of 4.15m. She set the record at the National Open Championships in 2014.
The national record by a woman in the long jump is held by the legendary Anju Bobby George. She set the mark of 6.83m at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Mayookha Johny holds the national record in the triple jump event. She achieved a distance of 14.11m at the 2011 Asian Championships.
Manpreet Kaur is the national record holder for women in the shot put discipline. Her throw of 18.86m at the Asian Grand Prix in 2017 is the biggest distance for an Indian female athlete.
Kamalpreet Kaur broke the national record twice and set a new benchmark in 2021. She currently holds the national record of 66.59m.
Sarita Singh is the national record holder in the hammer throw with a distance of 65.25 m. She achieved this feat in 2017 during the Federation Cup National Championships in Patiala.
Annu Rani bettered her own national record recently at the 2021 National Championships. She hurled her javelin across 63.24 m which is currently the best mark by an Indian woman.