National Open Athletics: Arpinder Singh, Dharun Ayyasamy among main attractions as Championship kicks off in Bhubaneshwar today
Asian Games gold medallist Arpinder Singh will be the biggest attraction at the 58th National Open Athletics Championships, to be held here from 25 to 28 September.
Bhubaneswar: Asian Games gold medallist Arpinder Singh will be the biggest attraction at the 58th National Open Athletics Championships, to be held here from 25 to 28 September.
Arpinder will be competing on the final day of the competition.
Arpinder, who became the first Indian triple jumper to claim a gold medal at the Asian Games last month, continued his rich vein of form, having won a bronze at the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
The 25-year-old Arpinder was representing the Asia-Pacific team in the meet, held once every four years. He had jumped 16.77m in Jakarta and has a personal best of 17.17m which he recorded in 2014.
The 25-year-old will not be the only Asian medallist who will be in action at the season-ending championships at the Kalinga Stadium over the week.
Joining him at the four-day event will be Dharun Ayyasamy who won a silver medal with a new national record time of 48.96 seconds in the men's 400m hurdles and V Neena who claimed a silver medal in the women's long jump competition with a jump of 6.51m at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta last month.
Also featuring in the competition will be P U Chitra, who had won a bronze medal at the Continental Games.
Chitra had also won a gold medal at the Asian Championships.
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