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Post Tokyo heartbreak, Harmilan returns to shatter 1500m National Record | More sports News – Times of India


CHANDIGARH: On June 21, Patiala lady Harmilan Kaur Bains was inconsolable when she narrowly missed out of the qualifying mark of 4:04.20 for the Tokyo Olympics within the ladies’s 1500m occasion. Batting abdomen cramps, Harmilan clocked a powerful 4:08.27 on the Indian Grand Prix (IGP) 4. Every week later, the warmth in Patiala took a toll on her occasion, however regardless of that she ended up with two gold medals (800m & 1500m) on the Senior National Championships. She knew her Tokyo goals have been over, however vowed to come again stronger.
On Thursday, Harmilan made a grand comeback to the monitor as she eclipsed Sunita Rani‘s 19-yr-outdated National Record on the second day of the sixtieth National Open Athletics Championships on the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Warangal.

Continuing her rising prowess in her pet ladies’s 1500m occasion, the 23-yr-outdated metric miler from Punjab clocked 4:05.39 to erase the mark set by Sunita at 4:06.03 within the Asian Games in Busan in 2002. She additionally shattered OP Jaisha’s Meet Record of 4:11.83 set in Delhi in 2006.
Harmilan, who had shifted her coaching base to Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh due to the Covid-19 protocols on the NIS, Patiala, has proven speedy progress prior to now one yr, enhancing from 4:14.68 within the Khelo India University Games in Bhubaneswar final yr to 4:08.70 and 4:08.27 on the Federation Cup (March 16) and Indian Grand Prix 4 (June 21) respectively, in Patiala.
Despite clinching the gold with the National Record, Harmilan’s effort narrowly fell brief of the 1500m qualification mark of 4.04.20 for the World Championships in 2022. For now, the teen is content material with the file.

“Yeah, that (World Championship qualifying mark) was at the back of my mind, but it’s all God’s plans, we have to abide by whatever He plans,” Harmilan instructed TOI after her feat.
“For Tokyo, after the second wave, we have had only two tournaments to make it to the Olympics, so there was an added pressure, also the heat in Patiala was unbearable in June. But I am happy with my performance today, breaking a 19-year-old record, and it was at the same Busan Asian Games, where my mother (Madhuri Singh) took the 800m silver,” she added with a smile.
Born to former center-distance runners Amandeep Bains (South Asian Games medallist in 1500m) and Madhuri Singh (ladies’s 800m silver medallist in Busan), Harmilan has stretched her unbeaten run to eight nationwide-degree 1500m races since January 2020.
Coming to the opposite occasions of the day, Andhra Pradesh’s Naresh Kumar (10.30s) and Delhi’s Tarandeep Kaur (11.50s) took the honours because the quickest female and male athlete of the meet by profitable the 100m sprint. The race produced private bests for Assam’s Amlan Borgohain and Harjit Singh (Services) with instances of 10.34 seconds for each, a photograph end separating them by six-thousandths of a second to safe the silver medal for the previous.
Delhi teenager Taranjeet, who was knocked down by a automobile and broke a collarbone simply over two years in the past, claimed the title of the quickest lady of the meet with a blazing run in a private greatest time of 11.50 seconds to go away the seasoned Archana Suseendran (Tamil Nadu) in her wake.
The males’s 1500m race noticed an upset of types as little-recognized Parvej Khan (Haryana) shocked the 2-time Asian Athletics Championships medalist Ajay Kumar Saroj (Railways).



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