Tokyo Olympics: Tajinderpal, Annu fail to get past first hurdle

In his three attempts, Tajinderpal Singh Toor could only produce a best of 19.99m in the first throw followed by two invalid ones.

Tajinderpal Singh Toor and Annu Rani

Tajinderpal Singh Toor (left) and Annu Rani

Shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor and javelin thrower Annu Rani failed to make it past the qualification round in their events at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday.

Tajinderpal threw 19.99m in his first attempt, which was his only clean one in three attempts, and finished 13th out of 16 athletes in Group A. He finished 24th overall. Only the top-12 progressed to Thursday’s final.

Tajinderpal, who had been nursing a wrist injury, said he was unable to release the shot properly because of a last-minute surge in pain. “I was targeting a 22m throw but I could not even get to 20m. I am disappointed. I will get surgery to mend my wrist and make a comeback soon,” he said.

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Tajinder had qualified for the Olympics with a new Asian record throw of 21.49m in the Indian Grand Prix 4 in June earlier this year.

Earlier in the day, javelin thrower Annu also endured a poor outing as she finished 29th overall. She threw 50.35m and 53.19m in her first two attempts before managing a best of 54.04m. She was nearly 10m short of her personal best of 63.24m, and the automatic qualification mark was 63m.

The 28-year-old is the first Indian woman javelin thrower to compete at the Olympics after Gurmeet Kaur represented the country in the event at the Sydney Games in 2000.

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