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Re: Indian Athletics Thread ...

Post by kujo » Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:36 pm

Thanks for the reality check Arjun.

I still think Hima will make it from the second rung to the top level where Neeraj currently is.... Not sure of the other two Shankars!

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Post by sameerph » Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:10 pm

I think it may not be realistic to expect both Shankers and Hima to be in medal contention at Tokyo. Even Shreeshanker mentioned yesterday that his target at Tokyo would be making the finals and that would be realistic target for Hima and Tejswin too. If they continue to progress and avoid major injuries, they should peak at 2024 olympics.

Today, at national open athletics, in mens 3000M steepalchase Avinash Sabale broke 37 year old national record of Gopal Saini with a timing of 8:29.80s.That was the oldest standing national record as of today. Timing is far off from world standards but good to see old records getting broken. So, the old national records standing from 70's and 80's of Sriram Singh and Gopal Saini are gone now.

The oldest one standing now is PT Usha's record of 55.42 sec in womens 400M hurdles at Los Angles olympics in 1984.

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Post by Mugundan » Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:51 am

Jinson Johnson at 27-plus need not be clubbed with the other four, Hima, Neeraj, Tejaswin, Sreeshankar, since he would be 29-plus by the time Tokyo arrives. A middle distance runner can surely continue into his/her 30s but just on the basis of one season or on timings that fit into 40s and 80s an Indian athlete should not be considered as an Olympic medal prospect. I think too much of media hype has created an impression that India is poised to win medals in Tokyo Olympics. Except for Chopra, a few places in the final there would be highly creditable.

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Post by Atithee » Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:48 am

Exactly Mugu especially considering that we severely underperform at world stage. Part “non spinach” part pressure.

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Post by jaydeep » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:48 am

Another one to keep an eye on?
The 18 yrs. old Nitesh Poonia created a National record in the hammer throw with the 81.47m throw ... He broke the previous record by 6 meters, which held by the 19yrs. old Ashish Jakhar ... Nitesh's effort was the worlds' 4th best throw in u-18 men's category this year.

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Post by Mugundan » Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:24 am

jaydeep wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:48 am
Another one to keep an eye on?
The 18 yrs. old Nitesh Poonia created a National record in the hammer throw with the 81.47m throw ... He broke the previous record by 6 meters, which held by the 19yrs. old Ashish Jakhar ... Nitesh's effort was the worlds' 4th best throw in u-18 men's category this year.
We also have to keep in mind all such domestic performances need not be repeated in major championships and all such under-18 athletes need not fulfil their promise when they come into senior section (for whatever reason). In 2012, a UP u-18 boy threw the javelin to 80-m-plus. In two subsequent years he did 74-plus and 70-plus! He has not been heard of since! Let these youngsters produce top-class results consistently at international level and then only we can talk about what may happen in future.

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Post by jaydeep » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:29 pm

Agree Mugu, we should take u18 performance with a pinch of salt. :)

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