M. Sreeshankar, Anjali Devi first to qualify for 2019 World C’ships

Athletes’ entry gates for World Championships in Doha opened on September 7 this year and will close on September 6, 2019.

M. Sreeshankar had recorded a jump of 8.20m at the National Open Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar in September, 2018.   -  Biswaranjan Rout

He may have had a disappointing Asian Games in Jakarta but young long-jumper M. Sreeshankar’s national record at the National Open in Bhubaneswar a few weeks later came at a perfect time.

The 8.20m at Bhubaneswar in the last week of September helped the 19-year-old become the first Indian to qualify for next year’s World championships in Doha.

The athletics world body IAAF announced its qualification standards for the Worlds (Sept. 27-Oct. 6, 2019) on Tuesday and fortunately for Sreeshankar, the entry gates for Doha opened on September 7 this year and will close on September 6, 2019. And in men’s long jump, the automatic qualification standard is 8.17m.

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Also making the cut is Haryana’s Anjali Devi in the women’s 400m with her stunning 51.79s (qualification time 51.80s), which came as she won the National Open gold.

Weary after the Jakarta Asiad, many Indian athletes had skipped the National Open. But Asiad triple jump champion Arpinder Singh and the silver-winning 400m hurdler A. Dharun, who took part in the Bhubaneswar event, missed the qualification standard. Arpinder had a best of 16.62m (qual. mark 16.95m) while Dharun had clocked 49.67s (qual. 49.30).

Apart from the automatic qualification standard, athletes can also qualify by winning the area championships.

The qualification standards (2019 Worlds in Doha)
  • Men: 100m (10.10s), 200m (20.40s), 400m (45.30s), 800m (1:45.80s), 1500m (3:36.00s), 5000m (13:22.50s), 10,000m (27:40.00s), marathon (2:16.00s), 3000m steeple chase (8:29.00), 110m hurdles (13.46s), 400m hurdles (49.30s), high jump (2.30m), pole vault (5.71m), long jump (8.17m), triple jump (16.95m), shot put (20.70m), discus throw (65m), hammer throw (76m), javelin throw (83m), decathlon (8200 pts), 20km race walk (1:22.30s), 50km race walk (3:59.00s), 4x100m & 4x400m relays (top 10 from IAAF World relays and six from top lists), 4x400m mixed relay (top 12 from World relays and four from top lists).
  • Women: 100m (11.24s), 200m (23.02s), 400m (51.80s), 800m (2:00.60s), 1500m (4:06.50s), 5000 (15:22.00s), 10,000m (31:50.00s), marathon (2:37.00s), 3000m steeple chase (9:40.00s), 100m hurdles (12.98s), 400m hurdles (56s), high jump (1.94m), pole vault (4.56m), long jump (6.72m), triple jump (14.20m), shot put (18m), discus throw (61.20m), hammer throw (71m), javelin throw (61.50m), heptathlon (6300 pts), 20km race walk (1:33.30s), 50km race walk (4:30.00s), 4x100m & 4x400m relays (top 10 from IAAF World relays and six from top lists), 4x400m mixed relay (top 12 from World relays and four from top lists).

Qualification period
  • March 7, 2018 to midnight Sept. 6 2019 (for 10,000m, marathon, race walks, relays and combined events).
  • September 7, 2018 to midnight Sept. 6, 2018 (for all other events).