Tajinderpal Singh Toor sets new shot put national record
India’s ace shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor lit up the third day of the National Open Athletics Championships as he bettered his own personal best and set a new national record on a rainy day in Ranchi.
Toor managed 20.92 metres in his very first attempt of the day, shattering his previously held record of 20.75 metres which he had achieved at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta - a competition where he had won the gold medal.
With this splendid performance, Toor has also moved closer to the automatic qualification mark for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, which stands at 21.10 metres.
Less than a fortnight ago, Toor suffered an early exit from the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships. Despite achieving his season-best score throw of 20.43 metres in Doha, Qatar, the Indian finished outside the top 12 that night and could not progress beyond the qualification round.
Toor though has managed to turn his form around within a matter of days, as he delivered a spectacular performance back on home soil by setting a new national record. The 24-year-old managed to throw beyond 20 metres in his second throw as well, winning the top prize at the National Open Athletics Championships.
The 2019 season has been a fruitful one for the Indian as he managed throws of over 20 metres on a consistent basis. While Doha saw him hit 20.43 metres, he was over the 20-metre mark in a few meets in Europe during his tune-up to the Worlds a few months ago. Earlier, he had managed 20.22 metres to win the Asian Championships gold in April.
The shot putter was on the money in the qualifications a couple of days ago, managing 19.89 metres, breaking the meet record which was set by Inderjeet Singh.