Podblanicka Tretra athletics: Shivpal, Vipin and Annu back in form

Returning to competition after more than a month's break, javelin thrower Shivpal Singh topped the event with a third-round effort of 81.36m.

The Asian silver medallist topped the event with a third-round effort of 81.36m while his compatriot Vipin Kasana was second with 80.13m.   -  The Hindu

Returning to competition after more than a month's break, javelin thrower Shivpal Singh was back in the 80m range in the Podblanicka Tretra athletics meet at Vlasim, Czech Republic, on Friday.

The Asian silver medallist topped the event with a third-round effort of 81.36m while his compatriot Vipin Kasana was second with 80.13m.

Meanwhile, Asian women's javelin throw silver medallist Annu Rani was also back in the 60m range, finishing second with 60.87m, behind Japan's Haruka Kitaguchi, the World University Games silver medallist and former under-18 World champion, who won with 61.94m.

After being consistent around 60m during the first half of the year, Rani's form had dipped disappointingly and in her last meet on July 9 she had slumped to 54.54m and had been away from competition for nearly 50 days before Friday's event.

Shivpal, who won the Doha Asians silver in April with a personal best 86.23m, had been on a slide after that with a 76.90m throw in his last meet on July 24.

On Friday, he had three throws over 80m and was happy with his performance.

“All my (legal) throws were over 80m, I'm very happy with that. I thought of going for the Olympic qualification mark (85m) but the ground was a bit small for my run-up,” Shivpal told Sportstar from the Czech Republic on Saturday. “My run-up is 35m but here they had space for only 30m. So, we may be doing one more competition tomorrow.”

Meanwhile under-20 World women's 400m champion Hima Das, running the 100m for the first time this year, won the event in 11.74s.