Track & Field events in Tokyo Olympics started from Friday with Indian athletes featuring in 4 events. Avinash Sable took part in men’s 3000m steeplechase where he bettered his national record clocking 8:18.12 to finish 7th in heat 2.
Avinash was unfortunate to miss out on a spot in the final as the top-three finishers from each heat gain automatic entry with the next six fastest athletes across all three heats joining them in the final. The top-three from heat 3 ran in a slower time than the Indian. Sable finished 7th fastest outside the top 3 automatic qualifiers from each heat and missed out on qualification by just 1 spot.
Dutee Chand, the silver medalist at the Asian Games, put up a below-par performance in the women’s 100m sprint. Dutee finished 7th in her heat as she clocked 11.54, which wasn’t anywhere near her personal best timing of 11.17s.
2 time Asian Championship bronze medalist Jabir Madrai Pillayallil took part in 400m men’s hurdles. He finished last in the heat 5 clocking 50.77 and failed to progress to the semifinals.
Finally, the last event for the Indians was 4×400. mixed relay. The team consisting of Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Revathi Veeramani, Subha Venkatesan, and Arokia Rajiv clocked a timing of 3:19.93 which saw them finish last in heat 2.