Road to Rio: Indian athletes to get another shot at Olympics qualification

New Delhi: Indian athletes are all set to get another shot at seeking Olympic berths at the second Indian Grand Prix athletics meet, to be held at NIS Patiala on 6 May.

In all 18 events -- 10 for men and eight for women -- will be held during the second leg, which will be the third qualification competition for the Rio Games.

Representational image. Getty

Representational image. Getty

The season commenced with the 1st Indian Grand Prix, followed by the Federation Cup National Championships, both the events were held in the capital's Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.

At the 1st Indian Grand Prix, the Olympic ambitions of two Indian sprinters were in jeopardy after a power failure prevented electronic timing, and their hand-timed performances — good enough to make the team for Rio de Janeiro — did not count.

Two national records were shattered at the Federation Cup National Athletics Championships in New Delhi. None of the athletes, however, could qualify for the Rio Olympics during the meet.

The best eight athletes of National Federation Senior Athletics Championships in each event will participate in the upcoming tournament.

List of events:

Men: 100m, 400m, 1500m, 5000m, 400m Hurdles, triple jump, long jump, shot put, discus throw, javelin throw.

Women: 100m, 400m, 1500m, 5000m, long jump, triple jump, discus throw, javelin throw.


Published Date: May 03, 2016 09:21 am | Updated Date: May 03, 2016 09:21 am


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