The third day of the Open National Athletics was not as disappointing in terms of results as it was for Olympic 3000m steeplechase hopeful Sudha Singh. While Mayookha Johny was bettering her triple jump meet record, Sudha waited in vain for competitors to turn up.
Sudha, who represents Railways, had come here determined to confirm a berth for the London Games. Having won gold at the Asian Games with a national record time of 9:55.67, she was the cynosure here on Monday. But the event was cancelled due to lack of participants. Only
Sudha and her Railways teammate Kiran Tiwari reported from among the 10-athlete start-list.
“The rule is that we have to have a minimum of three participants from a minimum of two different teams for an event to happen,” CK Valson, an Athletics Federation of India official, said. A look at the start-list revealed that there were only six entries. Four of the names were repeated. Entries of Sudha, Kiran, Priyanka Singh and Geeta Rani had come from both their office and their states.
In triple jump, Mayookha began with a leap of 13.47m, improved to 13.63 and 13.71 in her second and third attempts before stopping. “I had come here for long jump qualification. That did not happen. So, once I won the gold in triple jump I stopped,” Mayookha said.