Tokyo Olympian Dhanalakshmi Seker set her personal best time of 22.89 seconds to win the 200-meter sprint at the Kosanov Memorial 2022 Athletics Meet on Sunday.
Dhanalakshmi, who has been in good form this season, missed breaking the 20-year-old national record of 22.82 seconds set by Saraswati Saha in 2002. Asian Games gold medalist Olga Sefronova of Kazakhstan finished second with a time of 23.21 seconds while Duti Chand finished third with a time of 23.60 seconds.
However, in the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8, Dhanlaxmi will compete in only 100 meters.
Tokyo Olympian Tajinderpal Singh Toor, who was asked by the Athletics Federation. India (AFI) did not start the event to prove its fitness and seal its place in the team to perform well in pre-Commonwealth Games competitions. In Tajinderpal’s absence, India’s Karanveer Singh (19.47m) claimed the top podium in the shot put event.
In addition to Tajinderpal Singh, hammer thrower Sarita Singh has also been given a temporary place in India’s Commonwealth Games team. He won the gold medal with a throw of 62.48 meters. Uzbekistan’s Zarina Nosirjonova (57.68m) came in second while her compatriot Elena Silyamiva (55.39m) came in third.
Among the Indian athletes who have already booked their births for Birmingham 2022, women’s javelin thrower Annu Rani and women’s long jumper Ansi Soj have made good preparations for the Commonwealth Games by winning gold medals in their respective events.
Annu Rani (62.29m) followed her on the podium, leading India’s clean sweep in women’s javelin throw with Shilpa Rani (56.16m) and Sanjana Chaudhary (55.12m).
Ansi Sojan won gold in the long jump with a jump of 6.44 meters. However, Aldhos Paul (16.55m) and Kartik Unnikrishnan (16.15m) were defeated by Azerbaijan’s Nazim Babayev (16.93m) for the top spot in the men’s triple jump, Olympics.com reports.
India concludes Kosanov Memorial 2022 Athletics Meet, which a The world Athletics bronze-level event, which has 28 medals, including 15 gold medals.