India's leading middle-distance runner OP Jaisha's dream of representing the country in the London Games has crashed. She was supposed to compete in a series of 1,500m event on the European circuit, beginning June 24, but is yet to recover from a stress fracture.
Since she has just started jogging, her chances of achieving the London qualification mark before the July 8 deadline looks unlikely.
Jaisha, along with long-distance runner Kavita Raut, Preeja Sreedharan and steeplechase runner Sudha Singh, are based in Italy for the past some time. The athletes are training under world-renowned athletics expert Claudio Berardelli.
India's distance coach Jasvinder Singh Bhatia, coordinating with his Italian counterpart, confirmed the development, saying, "Jaisha isn't 100 per cent fit. It will be difficult for her to regain lost fitness," said Bhatia.
Harwant wins bronze
Discus thrower Harwant Kaur finished third in the Russia's national championships in Moscow. Her bronze-winning performance of 58.32m fell short of the Olympic ‘B’ qualification mark of 59.50m.
Wrestling camp in US
A 16-member Indian wrestling team, including five who have qualified for the Olympics, will train in the United States to prepare for next month's London Games. The team, which includes Olympic bronze medallist Sushil Kumar Singh, is leaving the country for Colorodo Springs (USA) on Friday.
Jwala-Diju in last-8
Olympic-bound mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju on Friday entered the quarterfinals of the Singapore Open Super Series badminton tournament.
The Indian pair, seeded sixth in the event, defeated Tan Aik Quan and Lai Pei Jing of Malaysia 21-15, 21-15 and face second seeds Chinese Taipei’s Chen Hung Ling and Cheng Wen Hsing on Friday.