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Neeraj, Nirmala finishes as top athletes of Federation Cup 2017

Neeraj, Nirmala finishes as top athletes of Federation Cup 2017

06 May 2016
AFI Media

Patiala:  Javelin star Neeraj Chopra and ace quarter miler Nirmala Devi emerged as the best athletes of the 21st Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championships held at NS-NIS Patiala from 1-4 June, 2017.

If Chopra would sneak into the world’s top ten athletes of his event this season with a season’s best throw of 85.63m, Nirmala would record a personal best even as she stormed to the finish line in 51.28seconds several lengths ahead of the field. She is currently the 14th fastest athlete in the world this year in her choice of event.
Neeraj finished top among the men athletes with highest 1181 points while Nirmala topped women category with 1155. The points are calculated according to the IAAF rules based on current World Records which is 98.48m in men javelin throw and 47.60s in women’s 400m.

However there were other athletic performances of note in the Federation Cup 2017. Three national records were set over the course of the four day event. Anu Rani qualified for the World Championships in London by recording a throw of 61.86m in the javelin throw. Sarita Singh set a new record in the women’s hammer throw with an effort of 65.25m, nearly three meters more than the previous mark of 62.74m set by Manju Bala at Lucknow in 2014. 

Amongst the brightest prospects though was pole vaulter S Shiva, who cleared 5.14m to set a new mark, in only his first senior competition.

There were a few near misses too as athletes registered marks that barely missed the qualification standard for the World Championships. Tejinder Pal Singh won the men’s shot put event with a throw of 20.40m, just 10 cm from the qualification standard while Arpinder Singh leaped 16.75m, just 5cm away from booking a spot at the London event.

A number of athletes would find glory in multiple events too. G Lakshmanan and L Suriya added the 10000m crowns to the 5000m titles they had won on the first day of the competition.  They were joined by Nayana James who claimed the women’s 100m hurdles gold to go along with her long jump title. The highlight though would have to be Amoj Jacob. Only 19, the student of New Delhi’s Khalsa College completed a 400-800m double.

The strong results in the completion, so early in the season would provide hope to followers of the sport of athletes continuing to peak as the season progresses, with particular attention being given to the Asian Championships next month.

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