Ranchi: Shot putter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor broke his own national record in the 59th National Open Athletics Championships at the Birsa Munda Athletics Stadium on Saturday.
Representing AFI, Toor threw the iron ball to 20.41m, 20.2m and 20.92m respectively. In his third attempt, he improved his own mark of 20.75m which he had set in the Asian Games where he bagged a gold medal in Jakarta last year. After a half-hour delay caused by heavy rain, the 25-year-old warmed up with a put of 20.41m, just 2cm short of his season’s best that he managed in the IAAF World Championships in Doha on October 3.
He followed that up with a 20.29m effort before uncorking the biggest throw yet by an Indian and raising his arms aloft in triumph as soon as he knew he had got a new national mark. On his subsequent visits to the circle he egged himself on to try and get 21.10m – the Olympic Games qualifying standard set by the International Association of Athletics Federations. But without getting the distance he desired, he chose to get the red flag raised.