Race walker Irfan K.T qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

National report holder K. T. Irfan Sunday became the first Indian from athletics to qualify for the following year’s Olympics at the same time as completing fourth in the 20 km occasion of the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan.

The 29-year-antique Irfan clocked 1 hour 20 minutes and 57 seconds to better the Tokyo Olympics qualification general of 1 hour 21 minutes.

The Olympics qualification period for race walk occasions and marathon race has started from January 1 this year and will run until May 31, 2020. The Olympics qualification period for all different athletics activities will begin from May 1 this year and will run until June 29, 2020.

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Irfan, who has a private excellent as well as countrywide report of 1:20:21 which he did for the duration of his tenth region end in 2012 Olympics, additionally qualified for this year’s World Championships (September 27-October 6) in Doha, Qatar as he bettered the qualifying mark of 1:22:30.

The Kerala race walker had received the 20 km event in the National Open Race Walk Championships in Chennai final month with a time of one:26:18.

He turned into one of the Indian athletes who has been expelled from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games for not adhering to the ‘no needle policy’ of the Games. He becomes disqualified in the 20 km race stroll occasion of the 2018 Asian Games after receiving his third warning for “loss of contact“.

Japan’s Toshikazu Yamanishi gained the 20 km race stroll occasion with an outstanding time of one:17:15 while Kazakhstan’s Georgiy Sheiko and Korea’s Byeongkwang Choe had been second and 0.33 in 1:20:21 and 1:20:40 respectively.

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The Asian and World document in men’s 20 km race walk stands within the name of Japanese Yusuke Suzuki who clocked 1:16:36 in the 2015 version of the same championships in Nomi.

Two other Indians, Devinder Singh, and Ganapathi Krishnan also qualified for the World Championships as they clocked 1:21:22 and 1:22:12 respectively. They had completed 2d and fifth within the Chennai National Race Walk Championships with timings of one:26:19 and 1:26: Forty-three.

In the women’s 20 km race stroll event, Soumya Baby finished fourth with a timing of one:36:08, properly out of doors Olympics qualifying general of 1:31:00 and World Championships qualifying popular of 1:33:30.

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