India’s 400m hurdles runner MP Jabir finished third in his heat at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar to qualify for the semi-finals.
Jabir finished with a time of 49.62 seconds to finish behind Karsten Warholm of Norway and Thomas Barr of Ireland; and will now be racing again in the semi-finals on Saturday (28 September).
The 23-year-old, however, was the only Indian to achieve a positive result in Doha, as compatriot Dharun Ayyaswamy finished in sixth place in his heats race and will bow out of the World Championships.
Sreeshankar misses out
Earlier in the day, Indian long jump prospect Murali Sreeshankar couldn’t make the most of his opportunity at the Championships as he made an early exit from the event.
With the qualification mark for the Finals set at 8.15m, the pressure was on Sreeshankar right from the beginning as he needed to deliver a season-best performance to make the cut.
Jumping in Group B after the likes of Olympic gold medallist Jeff Henderson and Chinese star Jianan Wang, Sreeshankar could not follow up the efforts of his contemporaries as he only managed a jump of 7.52m.
In his second attempt, the Indian managed to better his performance slightly as he recorded a jump of 7.62m but that still fell considerably short of the qualification mark. Sreeshankar then committed a fault in his final jump.
Cuban Juan Miguel Echevarria finished with the best performance of the evening, managing an 8.20m leap to automatically qualify for the finals. None of the other participants could make the qualifying mark, so the remaining athletes with the 11 best distances were selected for the finals which is slated to be played on Saturday.
India’s sprinting sensation, Dutee Chand, will be in action on Saturday in the 100m women’s heats. The Indian mixed 4x400m relay team will also be in action on the day, with the likes of KS Jeevan and MR Poovamma expected to participate.
Saturday will also see the final of the men's 100m final.