Renjith Maheshwary, Srabani Nanda fail to impress at Rio Olympics
India’s Renjith Maheshwary finished a disappointing 30th to crash out of the qualification round of the men’s triple jump at the Rio Olympics here on Monday.
Competing in his second Olympics, Maheshwary found himself at the 11th spot in the qualifiers after an effort of 15.80 metres in his first attempt, which was way short of the qualification mark.
In the second attempt, the Indian jumped 16.13m, which still was short of the qualification mark of 16.95m. Placed at the 23rd spot, he was under pressure to hit the qualification mark in the final attempt.
He could just manage a jump of 15.99m in the third and final attempt to negate any chances of qualifying for the final round.
Christian Taylor of the US topped the qualification stage with a jump of 17.24m followed by China’s Bin Dong with 17.10m while another US athlete, Will Claye, jumped 17.05m to emerge third.
Meanwhile, Srabani Nanda failed to qualify for the semifinals of the women’s 200m after finishing 55th among 72 athletes in Round 1 on Monday.
Srabani clocked 23.58 seconds at the Olympic Stadium, way below topper Cote d’Ivoire’s Marie-Josee Talou (22.31 seconds).
American Deajah Stevens was second in the qualification round with a timing of 22.45, followed by compatriot Tori Bowie (22.47).
The first 24 athletes qualified for the semifinals.