Maheswary, Mayookha slip in first leg of AGP
Up against a mediocre field, Indian athletes picked up four gold, but failed to secure Olympic berths in the first leg of the Asian Grand Prix meet at Bangkok. HT reports. Indians on podiumindia Updated: May 09, 2012 01:37 IST
Up against a mediocre field, Indian athletes picked up four gold, but failed to secure Olympic berths in the first leg of the Asian Grand Prix meet at Bangkok.
The performance was far from inspiring. Jumpers Renjith Maheswary and Mayookha Johny, who have already qualified for the London Games, came up with a lacklustre display, which suggests it might require a Herculean effort to catch up with their rivals at the Games.
Maheswary had recently cleared 16:85m on home soil to achieve the Olympic berth, but Tuesday's effort fell short as he recorded 16.03m to finish third in men's triple jump.
Mayookha too failed to make an impression. Despite spending over two months in Berlin polishing her skills, the 6.31m in long jump hinted that she has work to do.
After securing an Olympic berth in triple jump, next on her radar is long jump.
Quarter-miler MR Poovama claimed gold in women's 400m but her performance of 52.94 seconds wasn't enough to fetch an Olympic berth ('B' standard 52.35). Middle distance runner Sajeesh Joseph was victorious in the men's 800m. India also won gold in the men's and women's 4x400m relay.