Category: Athletics

Garry Calvert resigns as Indian coach

New Delhi, May 4: Garry Calvert has resigned as National Javelin Coach of India, citing professional reasons. He has accepted a role in China as National Javelin Coach.

During Garry Calvert’s tenure, Indian Javelin reached to new heights as Neeraj Chopra won the World Junior Championships with a world record throw in Poland. At the National Championships in Lucknow, Ravinder Singh Khaira and Shivpal Singh finishing at first and second place with both going past the meet record.

Earlier this year in April, Neeraj Chopra qualified for the World Championships in London with a throw of 83.32 meters it the second leg of the Asia Grand Prix.

In order to ensure that Indian Athletics is given every opportunity to develop and progress, Garry Calvert suggested, “to structurally set up a High Performance Department with a professional High Performance Director and 6 supporting staff to manage the overall program, elite athlete delivery, national teams, overseas camps and coach development. This High Performance Department would take over from the current format and would address the individual athlete requirements and the delivery of a professional coaching staff.” He believes that India has enormous talent in all events and wished them every success in the future.

This is not the time to wonder what India would have been able to achieve under the guidance of Garry Calvert, but to enjoy and appreciate the successes that Indian Javelin Throwers were able to achieve during his tenure. Athletics Federation of India will hopefully soon appoint a coach who would build on the good work done by Garry Calvert.

India wins eight medal in the 3rd leg of Asian GP

Taipei, Apr 30: Indian athletes won 2 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals at the third leg of 2017 Asian Grand Prix at the Taipei Municipal Stadium on Sunday.

After, being forced to miss the first two legs of the Asian Grand Prix due to visas issues, Mohammed Anas bagged gold medal in the Men’s 400m with a timing of 45.69 seconds. However, he missed the 2017 London World Championships qualifying mark of 45.50 seconds.

In Men’s Shot Put, Om Prakash won the second gold for India in the third leg of the championship with a 19.58 metre throw.

Asian Grand Prix 3 Results :-

1. Men’s 400m – Mohammed Anas (45.69s) – GOLD

2. Men’s Shot Put – Om Prakash – (19.58m) – GOLD

3. Women’s Shot Put – Manpreet Kaur – (17.38m) – SILVER

4. Women’s 100m – Dutee Chand – (11.52s) – SILVER

5. Men’s 800m – Jinson Johnson – (1:51:35s) – SILVER

6. Women’s 800m – Tintu Luka – (2:03:97) – SILVER

7. Men’s Javelin Throw – Neeraj Chopra – (79.90m) – BRONZE

8. Women’s 400m – M.R. Poovamma – (53.11s) – BRONZE

Manpreet Kaur wins gold at Asian Grand Prix 2017

Jinhua, Apr 24: Olympian Manpreet Kaur produced a stunning 18.86m throw as she comfortably broke her own national record and won the women’s shot put gold in first leg of the athletics Asian Grand Prix 2017 in Chinese city on Monday.

Manpreet broke her national record of 17.96m, set two years in the National Open in Kolkata, with her third effort of 18.03m and then came up with the big one. That saw the Patiala-based Railway athlete easily qualify for this August’s World Championships in London where the entry standard is 17.75m.

Meanwhile under-20 World champion and world record-holder Neeraj Chopra, who has a personal best of 86.48m, won a silver with 82.11m. Neeraj, who had a shoulder problem midway through last year, had failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics but made up for that nicely by bringing the country’s first World junior championship medal. The qualification standard for the Worlds, in London, is 83m. Taipei’s Cheng Chao-Tsun won the gold with 84.72m.

Kerala’s 800m runners Jinson Johnson and Tintu Luka, in the men’s and women’s sections, along with long jumper V. Neena came up with silver medals. Tintu, the Asian champion, clocked 2.03.59s for the silver with China’s Wang Chun Yu taking the gold in 2:03.25. Johnson clocked 1:50.71 for the men’s silver in the two-lapper. Meanwhile, Neena’s women’s long jump silver came in 6.46m.

Dutee Chand, the national record-holder, won the women’s 100m bronze 11.59 secs behind Kazakh runners Viktoriya Zyabkina (11.44) and Olga Safranova (11.59). There was also a bronze in men’s shot put through Om Prakash Singh Karhana.

Meanwhile in the men’s triple jump, Rakesh Babu was fifth with a poor 15.95m in the event won by China’s Dong Bin with 16.68m while in the men’s 100m race ‘B’, Vidyasagar suffered a disqualification.

Selected results:
Men: 100m: 1. Mi Hong (Chn) 10.37s, 2. Himasha Eashan (SL) 10.43, 3. Xu Haiyang (Chn) 10.48.

800m: 1. Herath Induril (SL) 1:50.69s, 2. Jinson Johnson (Ind) 1:50.71, 3. Alzofairi Ebrahim (Kuw) 1:51.23).

Javelin throw: 1. Cheng Chao-Tsun (Tpe) 84.72m, 2. Neeraj Chopra (Ind) 82.11.
Women: 100m: 1. Viktoriya Zyabkina (Kaz) 11.44, 2. Olga Safranova (Kaz) 11.59, 3. Dutee Chand (Ind) 11.59.

800m: 1. Wang Chun Yu (Chn) 2:03.25s, 2. Tintu Luka (Ind) 2.03.59s, 3. Abeyratne Gayanthika (SL) 2:03.78.
Long jump: Bui Thi Thu (Vie) 6.58m, 2. V. Neena (Ind) 6.46, 3. Xu Xiao Ling (Chn) 6.35.
Shot put: 1. Manpreet Kaur (Ind) 18.86m, 2. Bian Ka (Chn) 17.96), 3. Song Jia Yuan (17.54).

Aryaveer wins gold at State Cross Country Championship

Jammu, Dec 29: Upcoming long distance runner, Aryaveer Singh of BSF School (Paloura) claimed gold medal in Under-16 category of State Cross Country Championship, which alongwith Senior State Athletic Championship concluded, here Thursday.

Aryaveer won the gold for second consecutive year. The Championship was organized by Jammu & Kashmir Athletic Association, under the auspices of Jammu & Kashmir State Sports Council.

Around 250 athletes (men and women) drawn from various districts of the State participated in this Championship to vie for the top honours.

Bilal Ahmed Bhatt was the chief guest on the occasion, while Zamir Thakur was the guest of honour.