Dhanalakshmi Sekar sets a personal best to win the 200-meter race at the Qosanov Memorial Athletics

Updated: Jul 19

Dhanalakshmi Sekar, a Tokyo Olympian, won the 200-meter sprint on Sunday at the Qosanov Memorial 2022 athletics competition with a pace that was a personal best.

Dhanalakshmi, who has been in excellent condition this year, almost missed breaking Saraswati Saha's 22.82-second national record from 2002. Olga Safronova of Kazakhstan, who won the gold medal at the Asian Games, placed second in 23.21 seconds, while Dutee Chand took third place in 23.60 seconds.

However, Dhanalakshmi will only compete in the 100-meter event at the Birmingham-hosted Commonwealth Games in 2022, which run from July 28 to August 8.

Tajinderpal Singh Toor, a Tokyo Olympian who was required to demonstrate his fitness and produce strong results in contests before the Commonwealth Games to secure his position in the team, did not begin the race. Without Tajinderpal, India's Karanveer Singh (19.47m) took first place in the shot put competition.

Sarita Singh, an Indian hammer thrower, has also been named provisionally to the team for the Commonwealth Games alongside Tajinderpal Singh. Her 62.48m throw earned her the gold medal. Second place went to Uzbek Zarina Nosirjonova (57.68m), and third place went to her countrywoman Elina Silyamieva (55.39m).

Women's javelin thrower Annu Rani and women's long jumper Ancy Sojan improved their Commonwealth Games preparations by capturing gold in their respective events. Both Indian athletes have already secured spots in Birmingham 2022.

Shilpa Rani (56.16m) and Sanjana Choudhary (55.12m) finished second and third, respectively, in India's clean sweep of the women's javelin throw, with Annu Rani (62.29m) taking the lead.

Ancy Sojan cleared 6.44 meters to win the long jump gold. Eldhose Paul (16.55m) and Karthik Unnikrishnan (16.15m) lost to Nazim Babayev (16.93m) of Azerbaijan for first place in the men's triple jump, according to an olympics.com report.

India finished the World Athletics bronze-level Qosanov Memorial 2022 athletics competition with 28 medals, including 15 gold ones.

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