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Tokyo Games: 15 American athletes, Two relay teams qualified for the Olympics

Star Sprinter Dutee Chand, spear thrower Annu Rani and 400m Hurdler MP Jabir qualify for the Tokyo Olympics across world rankings as 15 American athletes and two relay teams were confirmed for the games by the world governing body sport on Thursday. Twelve individual athletes, including star shooter shoots Neeraj Chopra, booked automatic quotas for the Olympics by violating the qualifying mark, while the trio of Dutee, Rani and Jabir, as well as the men’s 4x400m relay team made it to the games in rankings.

Dutee was 41st and 50th respectively in the list of 56 athletes competing in both the 100m and 200m events, while Rani was in 18th (out of 32) and Jabir in 32nd (out of 40).

The mixed 4x400m relay team has booked an Olympic bert after reaching the final of the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

Long rider M Sreeshankar, putter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor, discus shooter Kamalpreet Kaur and Seema Punia qualified for the Olympics this year while the rest did so either in 2019 or last year.

However, the women’s 4x400m relay team failed because they placed it in 17th place while 16 found the Olympic slots.

“The Olympic qualifying period for all stadium events ended June 29 and the global Olympic athletic qualification system is now over,” the World Athletics said in a statement.

“… showing that approximately 70 percent of the athletes at individual events were qualified by standard entry and 30 percent by global ranking position, while 100 places of universality were awarded.

“Some 1900 athletes from more than 190 countries will be competing in the Tokyo Olympic Games when the athletic program begins on July 30.”

Qualifying at Dutee (both in the 100m and 200m), Rani and Jabir were on line expected as they were in the bracket to make it to the games of the road in Tokyo list.

The men’s 4x400m relay team placed 13th out of 16 to compete in Tokyo based on the 3: 01.89 distribution during the inter-state national championships last Friday.

Dutee clocked 11.17 seconds during the American Grand Prix 4 at Patiala on June 21, two-hundredths of a second outside automatic qualifying standards in 11.15 seconds.

Rani improved his own national record with a throw of 63.24m during the Federation Cup in March before a performance of 62.83m at the National Inter-State Championship this week.

Jabir ran a personal best of 49.78 seconds last Saturday during the National Inter-State Championship, though he has a personal best of 49.13 seconds.

Long Rider M Sreeshankar made it to the Olympics with a national record jump of 8.26 m during the Federation Cup in March while shooting putter Toor booked a game “berth and another national record mark of 21.49 m during The American Grand Prix 4.

Kaur made it to the Olympics during the Federation Cup in March with a performance of 65.06m and then improved his own national record with a throw of 66.59m during the subsequent American Grand Prix 4 on 21 June.

Veteran Punia was last in the bag an automatic qualifying spot for the Olympics with a throw of 63.72m on the final day of the National Inter-State Championship on Tuesday.

The Athletic Federation selection committee of India will meet on Friday to select the team for the Olympics.

It will basically be the picking of the two relay teams – 4x400m men and 4x400m mixed.


Roads listed in Tokyo on the World Athletics website show that athletes – the subject being officially selected by the National Olympic committees – are eligible to compete in the Olympic Games.

Eligible athletes: Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh in the men’s javelin throw, Avinash Sable (3000m men’s steeplechase), five walking races (KT Irfan, Sandeep Kumar and Rahul Rohilla in the men’s 20km event and Bhawana Jat and Priyanka Goswami in the event 20km women, M Sreeshankar (men’s long jump), Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (men’s shot), Kamalpreet Kaur and Seema Punia in women’s discus throwing, Dutee Chand (women 100m and 200m), Annu Rani (women throwing javelin) and MP Jabir (men’s 400m hurdles)), men’s 4x400m relay team and mixed 4x400m relay team.

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