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CHANDIGARH: Hours after scoring his second straight double in middle distance, Harmilan Kaur Bains attributed his golden feat to the weather conditions in Warangal, the site of the 60th National Open Athletics Championships.
During a rehearsal of the Interstate National Championships in Patiala in June, the 23-year-old added the 800m crown to the 1,500m title she won a few days ago on Saturday. Although Harmilan knows she can’t turn back time, she believes her dreams of Tokyo might have been realized if the June event had taken place in Warangal.
“I would have qualified for Tokyo under similar conditions, today the weather was great for the track events, it was a fairly relaxed race. But again, there’s no point in thinking about the past. I stuck to my coach (Suresh Saini) ‘s plans to pick up the pace later in the race and luckily it worked either way, ”she told TOI.
Harmilan tapped into his stamina and speed to show Delhi runner KM Chanda a pair of clean heels for the fourth time in a row this year, before winning another gold in the 800m with a time of 2: 03.82 .
With the end of the domestic season, Patiala’s daughter already has her plans for the Federation Cup, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games next year.
“Frankly, I prefer to take it one step at a time, but the initial plan is to be part of the first big international event of my career. Going to the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games would be a big boost to my confidence, and on top of that I’m looking to compete in some international competitions. ”
“For that, I am targeting one of the Diamond Leagues, where I can test myself for a timing of less than 4. Ideally, I aim for 3h58 for the 1500m and around 1h57 for the 800m. The level of competition in such events will help me analyze my performance, ”she added.
Getting back to the current national championships, Harmilan now hopes to win another medal in the women’s 4×400 event on Sunday.
Meanwhile, in other events of the day, B Aishwarya of the Railways also won a double in horizontal jumps, winning the triple jump less than 24 hours after winning the long jump title. To her credit, she won both events with the best efforts of the year by an Indian jumper. Aishwarya, who won the long jump with a jump of 6.52m, edged Renu Grewal (Haryana) by 4cm to double his joy.
There was joy for Services as its athletes swept all the places of the men’s 800m podium and grueling 50km walk to complete a hat-trick after sending out all three medalists in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase on Friday. Mohammed Afsal showed lasting power to beat Ankesh Chaudhary and Krishan Kumar in the 800m final.

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