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Thrilling contest on playing cards as elite males race walkers prepared show themselves « Athletics Federation of India


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Aspiring athletes aiming to cement their place within the nationwide squad for the July 26 to August 11 Paris Olympic Video games are each mentally and bodily tuned to ship the products throughout the eleventh version of the Indian Open Race Strolling competitors.

The 2-day season opening home platform, an Olympic qualifying competitors will probably be held on the picturesque Sukhna Lake.

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) can even choose the nationwide workforce for the inaugural marathon race strolling blended relay. The four-leg occasion contains one male and one feminine athlete. Every athlete will cowl roughly 10km in every leg.

Prime 22 groups will get computerized qualification throughout the World Athletics Race Stroll Workforce Championships to be held in Antalya. Turkey on April 20-21.

The ladies’s 20km race is vast open, however a eager contest is on playing cards within the males’s 20km occasion.

Prime three positions within the males’s 20km is anticipated to be contested between Akashdeep Singh, nationwide file holder, Vikash Singh, Asian bronze medalist, Paramjeet Bisht and Suraj Panwar.

Of the above 4 athletes, the 23 years outdated Suraj Panwar from Uttarakhand regarded hungry. Motive: Final yr he clocked 1:20:11 to narrowly miss the Paris Olympic Video games qualification time of 1:20:10. “I’ll attempt my finest to breach the Olympic Video games qualification time,” Suraj Panwar stated of his Tuesday’s plan.

The qualification interval for race walkers began December 31, 2022 and can finish on June 30, 2024. Akashdeep Singh, Vikash Singh and Paramjeet Bist, nonetheless, have already achieved Paris qualification time final yr and are looking forward to additional cement their positions within the workforce. Every nationwide federation is entitled to ship three athletes within the 20km race stroll.

“I’m taking the season opening competitors in Chandigarh very severely,” the 27 years outdated Vikash Singh from Delhi, stated after his Monday apply session. Vikash Singh, in actual fact had emerged probably the most profitable race walker in 2023 season. The Delhi race walker set a private better of 1:20:05 in Japan in March 2023 to higher the Paris Olympic qualification time of 1:20:10.

Later within the 2023 season he gained bronze on the Asian meet held in Thailand. He clocked 1:21:58 to complete twenty seventh on the Budapest World Athletics Championships. The lads’s 20km race scheduled for Tuesday has attracted as many as 51 athletes. Whereas 21 athletes will jostle for high three positions within the girls’s 20km. Priyanka Goswami has certified within the girls’s 20km group. Priyanka will skip the Chandigarh competitors as she is practising in Australia in preparation for the Paris Olympic Video games.

The lads’s 35km will see 26 athletes competing for medals, the ladies’s 35km has attracted eight entries solely. Aside from the senior group, competitors can even be organised within the U-20 girls and boys part. The space within the junior group will probably be 10km.

Two athletes from Sri Lanka, together with one feminine can even compete within the 20km occasion.

The competitors will begin at 10am.

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