Female discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur broke her own national record during the ongoing Indian Grand Prix 4 in Patiala. Kaur registered a discus throw of 66.59m in her fifth attempt to better the national standing. She rewrote her national record of 65.06m, which Kamalpreet had set at Federation Cup in March 2021. In fact, this throw would have earned her a bronze at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Kamalpreet Kaur’s effort of 66.59m is now the sixth-best in the world this season. The best throw, of 70.22m, this season being owned by Dutch Jorinde Van Klinken. It is worth noting that the Tokyo Olympics bound athlete is the only female discus thrower in the ongoing event.
Athletes to watch out for at the Indian Grand Prix 4
All eyes will be on the women’s 4x100m relay team, which will include Hima Das and Dutee Chand at the Indian Grand Prix 4. They will fancy chances for a Tokyo Olympics berth by clocking less than 43.05 seconds in the one-day event. The relay team is currently ranked 22nd in the Road to Tokyo list and will have to break into the top-16 to qualify for the Olympics.
Dutee will be looking to breach the automatic qualification mark of 11.15 seconds in the individual women’s 100m race. She is comfortably placed at 43rd out of 56 competitors in the Olympics and is expected to make it any way with less than 10 days left for the qualification deadline. Dutee is currently in the 45th spot in the Road to Tokyo list and can qualify for the 200m with 56 athletes to run in the event.
The 4x400m relay team featuring national record holder Muhammad Anas will be looking to secure a berth at the Tokyo Olympics as they are currently placed n the qualification bracket at 15th spot in the Road to Tokyo list. Annu will be looking to improve upon her national record of 62.43m as she looks to breach the direct berth mark of 64m. The women’s javelin thrower is currently placed 19th spot in the Road to Tokyo list where 32 javelin throwers will compete.