Vikas Gowda among three Indian athletes gain Rio Qualification!

The “revised qualification standards” in 17 events announced by the International Association of Athletics Federations for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) helped as much as three Indian athletes join the list of qualifiers.

Asian champion Vikas Gowda was prominent among the ‘beneficiaries” as his winning throw of 65.14m in Jamaican International Invitation Athletics Meet at Kingston on 9th May came above the new mark of 65.00 metres. Earlier it was 66m.

National Games champion Sapna was the lone woman athlete to receive the benefits of this new improvement. Sapna, who finished fourth in this year’s Asian 20 Km Race Walking championships at Nomi City (Japan) on 15th March with a time of 1 hour 35 minutes 36 seconds, thus eligible to take part in Rio.

Distance runner Nitender Singh Rawat, who clocked an impressive 2 hours 18 minutes 6 seconds to finish eighth in the globally renowned World Military Games at Mungyeong (Korea) on 11th October was the other athlete to gain a chance to represent India at the Olympics.

As much as 15 Indian athletes (7 women and 8 men) so far attained the Olympic qualifications.

For complete revised qualified standard, click here.

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