Patiala, Mar. 16:
Kamalpreet Kaur grabbed the spotlight by winning a gold medal in the women’s discus throw event and also qualified for the Asian Championships in the process on the opening day of Federation Cup here on Friday.
Shivpal Singh also booked a berth in the April 19-24 Asian Championships in Doha in men’s javelin throw by crossing the qualifying standard set by Athletics Federation of India (AFI).
With veteran Seema Punia not taking part in the Senior National Championships, the 21-year-old Kamalpreet of Punjab emerged triumphant with a final throw of 60.25m which was better than the Asian Championships qualifying standard of 58.50m.
In fact, Kamalpreet crossed the qualifying standard in her second throw as she sent the iron disc to a distance of 58.97m at the National Institute of Sport.
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Navjeet Dhillon, also from Punjab, took the second spot with a best throw of 56.36m. Bengal’s Suravi Biswas clinched the bronze medal with a best throw of 47.98m.
Even though Shivpal, representing Uttar Pradesh, failed to grab a medal in the men’s javelin throw but his 81.85m effort in the qualification round bettered the AFI’s qualification standard of 80.75m to claim a spot in the Indian team for the Asian Championships.
Rajender Singh (Haryana) was second in the qualification round with an effort of 76.31m while Punjab’s Davinder Singh Kang, who made a return after being cleared of doping charges, threw the spear to a distance of 71.53m to be part of the 12 athletes who made it to the final round.
The event lost some sheen as Neeraj Chopra, who is currently training in South Africa, was exempted by the AFI from taking part in the championships.