- Siva threw 5.15m
- The earlier record was at 5.14m
- Seema won gold in the women’s discus throw
Subramani Siva, a havildar in the Indian Army from Tamil Nadu broke the national record for pole vault at the 22nd edition of the Federation Cup of the national senior athletics championship. He cleared 5.15m to break his own earlier national record of 5.14m set last year. The Netaji Shubash National Institute of Sports has become his favorite hunting ground after where he broke the national record last year too. In other major events of the day, Seema Punia sealed her spot in the Commonwealth Games later this year after she sealed the gold in the women’s discus throw.
A fine show by Siva on the opening day of the games was still not enough for him to earn a spot in India’s team for the Commonwealth Games. Despite the effort, the 21-year-old fell short of the Commonwealth Games qualifying standard of 5.45m set by the AFI. To rub salt to his wounds, his record also stands at jeopardy after a no show by him for NADA’s regular dope tests puts his effort at a risk of being scrapped.”I was having fever for the last two days. I was jumping 5.40m in practice. If I was in good fitness, I would have come close to qualifying,” he said later.
It was a field day for Seema though who throw 61.05m in her final round to break the meet record and also surpass the 59m standard set by the AFI. The veteran 34-year-old from Haryana has regularly represented India at the Commonwealth Games since . She will be looking to add to her silver (60.56m) at Melbourne, a bronze at Delhi 2010 Games and silver in 2014 Glasgow.
It is difficult to compete with injury. I was dealing with a shoulder injury and also had kidney issues last season. At this stage in your career, you don’t have any option but to compete with injuries. I want to win a gold,” she said after competing in her first event of the year.
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