Tajinder Pal Toor, an Indian shot putter, breaks her own Asian record and advances to the world championships.
In the men’s shotput on the last day of the 2023 National Inter-State Championships at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India’s Tajinderpal Singh Toor established a new national record.
The 28-year-old’s throw of 21.77 metres broke his own personal national record mark. The 21.49-meter prior record was established just months before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Only one competitor on Monday broke the 20-meter barrier, and that athlete’s only other legal throw measured 21.09m.
With a best effort of 19.78 metres, Karanveer Singh took home the silver medal while Sahib Singh settled for the bronze with 18.75 metres.
Toor, who won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, also set a new Asian record with his effort of 21.77 metres.
Tajinderpal Singh Toor also met the requirements for direct qualification for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou and the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest.
While the threshold for the Asian Games was 19 metres, the World Championships threshold was much higher at 21.40 metres.