IAAF Continental Cup: Bronze for Arpinder, Neeraj sixth

Arpinder Singh wins the bronze medal in the men's triple jump; Neeraj fails to qualify for the semifinals in the men's javelin throw, and finishes sixth.

Arpinder Singh competes at the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images

Continuing his good run, Asian Games gold medallist Arpinder Singh won the bronze in the men’s triple jump at the IAAF Continental Cup at Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Sunday evening.

American Christian Taylor, the Olympic and World champion, won the gold with a 17.59m opening effort while Burkina Faso’s Hughes Fabrice Zango won the silver with 17.02. Arpinder’s first round 16.59 got him the bronze.


But there was huge disappointment for Asian Games and Commonwealth Games champion Neeraj Chopra, who failed to qualify for the semifinal, and finally ended sixth with a best of 80.24m.

The Continental Cup has a unique elimination system where athletes are ranked after their first three efforts and the best from each of the four teams qualify for the semifinal. The fourth round will be the semifinal and the fifth, the final.

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Germany’s Olympic champion Thomas Rohler won the gold with 87.08m while Chinese Taipei’s Asian record holder Chao-Tsun Cheng, who qualified as the best Asian with his third round 82.06, won the silver with 83.28.

Neeraj had a long third-round throw — it appeared to land near the 85m mark — but it was out of the ‘sector’ and hence a foul. That cost him dearly.


Meanwhile, Asiad gold medallist Jinson Johnson was sixth in the men’s 1500m in 3:41.72s (Kenyan Elijah Manangoi, gold, 3:40.00s), Asiad silver medallist Muhammed Anas was fifth in the men’s 400m in 45.72s (Qatar’s Abdalelah Haroun, gold, 44.72s) and Sudha Singh suffered an early elimination (last after the third lap) in the women’s 3000m steeple chase.

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