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Asian Athletics Championship: Tintu Luka sails into final of 800m

Despite humid weather conditions at the Asian Athletics Championship in Bhubaneswar, Tintu Luka didn’t have any trouble in qualifying for the final of the 800m event

other sports Updated: Jul 08, 2017 14:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
Asian Athletics Championship,Tintu Luka,Bhubaneswar 2017
Tintu Luka comfortably qualified for the 800m final event at the Asian Athletics Championship.(HT Photo - Arabinda Mahapatra)

India’s international runner Tintu Luka didn’t show signs of discomfort in the humid weather conditions during her 800m heats in the morning session of the Asian Athletics Championships at the Kalinga Stadium. She comfortably won in 2:06.66 secs.

It was big sigh of relief for her coach and former international runner PT Usha.

Last month, unbearable hot and humid weather during the Federation Cup in Patiala made Tintu Luka toil in the 800m final. She eventually collapsed at the 300m mark.

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It was also a missed chance to achieve a qualification time of 2:01s for the World Championships beginning August 4 at London.

At the continental competition, Usha is hoping Tintu makes most of the chance to make the cut for the Worlds. After the heats, Tintu said she had enough energy in her reserves to spare for the final. ‘’The final will be held in the evening, so we expect weather conditions to be better,’’ she said.

Tintu Luka (R) is aiming to qualify for the World Championships in London. (HT Photo - Arabinda Mahapatra)

Lili Das and Gayanithka Thushari are the other two Indians to make the cut for the final. Going by the performance of her competitors during the heats, Tintu should win the gold. By virtue of being a winner, she will automatically get a passage to the Worlds.

In the men’s 800m, it will be a challenging task for national champion Jinson Johnson. His training in the weeks building up to the competition was interrupted by a leg injury. “Heats was okay, but final will be more tough,” he said after qualifying for the final.

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Vishambhar Kolekar is the other Indian to have qualified for the final.

It will also be tough for India’s national champion Siddhanth Thingalaya as he made it to the final of men’s 110m hurdles, being fastest loser in the field.

Ankit Sharma and Samsheer SE also entered the main round of the men’s long jump.

First Published: Jul 08, 2017 13:28 IST