Renjith Maheshwary looked unprepared at London Olympics

first_imgIn a field loaded with the best throwers from around the world, Vikas Gowda did reasonably well to finish eighth in discus throw. However, I feel that he could have done better considering his performance in the qualification round.Making it to the final of a track and field event at the Olympics is in itself a great triumph only achieved by a limited few in Indian athletics. Vikas should savour the moment.With a strong built, Vikas is capable of challenging the best throwers, but he needs to improve and should compete in top international competitions in Europe. Judging by his body language in the final, he seemed to be under pressure.Another Indian in the fray on Tuesday was triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary. He fouled in all his three attempts, which is a poor indicator of his preparedness for the Olympics. As chairman of the selection committee for Indian athletics, I had my doubts about his preparedness as he had not participated in any international meets since April 2012.I am a strong advocate for Olympic trials like all the major track & field powerhouses do. The most celebrated athlete of London Olympics – Usain Bolt – partially attributed his success in 100m to the loss he had to face against Yohan Blake at the Jamaican Olympic trials.When the most celebrated athletes in the world can humbly participate in the Olympic trials conducted by their respective nations, I fail to understand why Indian athletics is not implementing this proven system.advertisementTintu Luka qualified for the 800m semifinals but her chances of making it to the final look very bleak to me. Again, Tintu didn’t compete much before the Olympics and a few more meets would have given her the much needed edge.I think she gave her 90 per cent on Wednesday during the heats but that was the case with the top finishers in all the six heats who seemed to be saving their reservoirs for the semi-finals.Overall, the performance of the Indian athletes in track and field events at the London Olympics has been satisfactory.(The writer is an Asian Games gold medallist and a finalist at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics)last_img

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