I will be happy if athletes improve their records: Bahadur singh
IANS - LONDON
Published: 31st July 2012 04:24 PM
Last Updated: 31st July 2012 04:24 PM
India athletics coach Bahadur Singh says he will be
happy if his 14 wards better their career best performance at the London
The Indian squad includes three jumpers and runners, four throwers and as many
"For nine of the 14 athletes, it is their first Olympics. They should make
full use of this opportunity to put up good show. It is going to be a great
learning experience for them," said the coach.
Triple-jumper Ranjeeth Maheshwary is a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and
gold winner in Asian track and field meet. He qualified in 'b' category but now
he is in good shape and can cross 70 metres, said Singh.
Triple-jumper Mayookha Johny also made through 'b' category. "I am also
expecting her to better the national record here," he said.
High jumper Sahana Kumari, 'b' qualifier, also has a chance to improve upon her
Shot putter Om Prakash is Asian Champion and qualified in 'A' category and
Bahadur was of the view that the thrower has the potential to do well at the
According to the coach, if discus thrower Vikas Gowda, a commonwealth Games
silver medallist, improves his personal best, he can achieve a respectable
ranking. The same holds true for two women throwers Krishna Poonia and Seema
Regarding 800 metres runner Tintu Luka, a 'b' qualifier and protegee of
legendary P.T.Usha, the coach opined that the young runner has got a great
chance to showcase her talent at the big stage.
Bahadur was confident that Sudha Singh will improve her timing in steeple
chase. "I am expecting a new national record from her," said the
Singh said marathon man Ram Singh Yadav has trained well and should put up a
Gurmeet, Irfan, Baljinder and Basant Bahadur Rana are taking part in the 50 km