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first_img(REOPENS DEL 45) (REOPENS DEL 45) Mallick and Nanda had hand timings of 10.09secs and 11.23 secs to win the mens and womens 100m sprints in Indian GP, crossing Rio qualifications norms of 10.16 secs and 11.32 secs respectively. But, these digital stop watch timings will not be considered for Rio qualification purposes and they cannot even be called national record holders. The sizzling rivalry in both mens and womens 400m is expected to push the main contenders for qualification. Asian Games bronze medal winner in 400m, M R Poovamma, Anilda Thomas and Anu Raghavan, along with old warhorse Ashwini Akkunji, the gold medallist in 400m hurdles at 2010 Asian Games, should make it a compelling race to watch. The rivalry in mens 400m is also expected to go to the wires after the impressive showdown between Mohammed Anas and Asian Games bronze-medallist Arokya Rajiv in the first Indian GP on Sunday. 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist in mens triple jump, Arpinder Singh, training abroad under the governments TOP Scheme would also be gunning to attain the qualification mark for Rio. 2010 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist discus thrower Krishna Poonia has returned to action after an injury lay-off of more than a year and she would also be looking for one last Olympic participation to cap her glittering career. The focus will also be on Nikolai Snesarevs trio of middle and long distance runners. While Asian champion Lalita Babar has already qualified for both 3000m steeplechase and marathon, the 2014 Asian Games bronze-medallist O P Jaisha and 2010 Asian Games gold-medallist in 3000m steeplechase Sudha Singh have qualified in marathon. Jaisha and Sudha are now concentrating on qualifying for the 1500m and 3000m steeplechase event respectively. PTI PDS PM PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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