After serving a four-year doping ban, Manpreet Kaur smashes his own national shot put record | More sports news



CHENNAI: Returning to competition last year after serving a four-year doping ban, Manpreet Kaur broke his own national record to steal the show on day two of the Senior National Interstate Athletics Championships here Saturday.
Star sprinter Hima Das and her Assam teammate Amlan Borgohain won the women’s and men’s 100m gold medals respectively by the slimmest of margins as the fastest woman and man of the championships.

Kaur, 31, who was handed a four-year ban from July 2017 after testing positive four times that year, threw the iron ball a distance of 18.06m during his fourth attempt. She became the first Indian woman to clear 18m in the shot put.
Kaur’s previous national record was 17.96m set in 2015. She breached the Indian Athletics Federation qualifying standard of 17.76m for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
Kaur had recorded a massive performance of 18.86m in 2017, but that was wiped from the record books after the dope flunk. The gold she won at the 2017 Asian Championships was also retired.
She returned to action in September last year with a third-place finish at the Open Nationals.
Kiran Baliyan of Uttar Pradesh was a distant second with 16.85m while Maharashtra’s Abha Khatu was third with 16.69m.
Hima beat national record holder Dutee Chand in 11.43 seconds, her personal best over the distance. Dutee, representing Odisha, was one hundredth of a second behind Hima with 11.44 seconds.
Veteran Srabani Nanda, also from Odisha, finished third with a time of 11.53 seconds. Dutee’s national record is 11.17 seconds. The qualifying standard set by the Indian Athletics Federation for the Commonwealth Games is 11.31 seconds.
“It’s my best moment. It’s special because I was inspired by people like my senior Dutee and I was able to do well against her,” she said.
Hima holds the national record for the 400m with a time of 50.79.
Borgohain, who holds the national record for the 200m (20.52), clocked 10.47 seconds to win the 100m, one hundredth of a second ahead of Tamil Nadu’s Elakkiyadasan K (10.48). Harjit Singh of Punjab was third in 10.55.
Rookie Haryana quartermiler Kiran Pahal, who clocked the second fastest time (51.84s) of the season at the state championships last month, won the women’s gold medal with a time of 52.47 while another promising athlete, Rupal Choudhary of Uttar, took silver in 52.72. R Vithya Ramraj of Tamil Nadu won bronze in 53.78 seconds.
“I don’t know what to say. I’m happy to have won gold but at the same time I’m not happy because I came to qualify for the World Championships. My target was 51.35 seconds” , Kiran said after winning gold.
One of the favorites for the gold medal, Priya Mohan did not start because she was not well. The qualifying standard for the World Championships, which will be held in Eugene, USA, July 15-24, is 51.35.
M Sreeshankar is expected to win the men’s long jump gold medal with an effort of 8.23m while Muhammed Anees Yahiya (8.15m) and R Swaminathan of Tamil Nadu (7.89m) finished second and third.
Sreesankar’s national record is 8.36m. He has already qualified for the world championships and violated the AFI standard for the CWG.


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