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Paulraj wins gold in women’s pole vault

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Bhubaneswar, May 14: National record holder Rosy Meena Paulraj as expected won the gold in women’s pole vault event with an effort of 4.05m on the third day of the National Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships here on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old’s effort, however, was well short of the national record of 4.21m she had set last year.
Her Tamil Nadu team-mate Baranica Elangovan won the silver after clearing 4m while Mariya Jaison of Kerala was third with 3.90m effort.
Asian Games bronze medallist Nandini Agasara took gold in the grueling seven-event heptathlon.
Chopra to compete javelin throw finals
Ace Indian athlete Neeraj Chopra will be competing in the final of the men’s javelin throw final of the Federation Cup 2024 athletics meet on Wednesday, marking his first appearance at the national-level event since his gold medal at Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
Neeraj and Kishore Jena, two athletes with Paris 2024 Olympics quotas, will not compete in the qualification rounds on Tuesday, as per Olympics.com.
All nine javelin throwers who previously touched the 75m mark in their career will get the privilege of competing directly in the final. The remaining 15 contestants will be in action in Tuesday’s qualifiers, out of which, the top three will advance to the final.
Asian Athletics Championships silver medallist DP Manu will also compete directly in the finals. Former Asian Athletics Championships silver medallist Shivpal Singh will also be in action in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. Also, Pramod, Rohit Kumar, Uttam Patil, Kunwer Singh Rana and Manjinder Singh are the other five athletes given a direct berth into the men’s javelin throw final. (Agencies)

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