India’s G Lakshmanan denied 10,000m entry at World Athletics Championships

India’s distance runner G Lakshmanan will compete in only the men’s 5,000 metres race and not the 10,000m.

other sports Updated: Aug 03, 2017 20:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
New Delhi
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India G Lakshmanan (C) won a gold medal in the 10,000 metres run at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar.(PTI)

India’s distance runner G Lakshmanan will not compete in the men’s 10,000m race on the opening day of the World Championships that begin in London on Friday.

The development was confirmed by his coach Surendra Singh. “We haven’t got an entry in the 25-lap race. The focus now will be on the 5,000m race,” he told HT.

The Army runner had scored distance double by winning gold in both 10,000m and 5,000m at the recent Asian Athletics Championships.

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However, questions were raised on his inclusion in the national team for the Worlds as his performance wasn’t encouraging.

An official of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) confirmed that Lakshmanan’s performance in the 10,000m wasn’t good enough to be considered by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

“IAAF has allowed his entry in 5000m and not in 10,000m even though he is a continental winner in both,” the official added.

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Radhakrishnan Nair, the deputy chief coach with the India team, didn’t respond to text messages.

Lakshmanan’s season best in 5,000m was 14:02 secs, clocked during the Federation Cup at Patiala in June although qualifying time for the Worlds in this event was 13:22 secs.

His personal best is 13:36 secs, clocked in the 2015 continental meet in China.

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In the 10,000m, his season best was 29:23 secs, clocked in June, while the qualifying time for the Worlds was 27:45 secs. Lakshmanan’s personal best is 29:13 secs, clocked in 2015.

Three gold-medal winners of the Asian meet at Bhubaneswar --- Sudha Singh (3000m steeplechase), PU Chitra (1,500m) and Ajay Kumar (1,500m), were ignored by AFI due to unimpressive performances.

First Published: Aug 03, 2017 20:24 IST