Long jump players Murali Sreeshankar and Mohammad Anees Yahia will advance to the finals in the evening, with Tejaswin Shankar expected to take a bronze in the high jump on Wednesday.
Sreeshankar, who has a personal best of 8.36m, topped Group A in the qualifying round with a jump of 8.05, while Mohammad Anees finished eighth with an effort of 7.88m.
Sindhu advanced to the next round with a comprehensive 2-0 win over Fatimath Nabaha Abdul Razzaq of Maldives in the round of 32 match at Hall 5 at the National Exhibition Center (NEC) here on Thursday.
Here top seed Sindhu, who has already helped India win a silver in the mixed team event, did not sweat her 23-year-old rival from Maldives 21-4, 21-11.
Sindhu is hoping to add a gold medal to the silver she won in women’s singles at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.
Srikanth, who won a silver medal in men’s singles in 2018, began his campaign in the individual events with a 21-9, 21-9 win against Uganda’s Daniel Vanaglia in a second round match. Srikanth got a bye in the first round and will now take on the winner of the evening match between Sri Lanka’s D. Abevikrama and Malta’s Kaiser S.
Meanwhile, at the Alexander Stadium, former Youth Olympic Games medalist Hima Das topped Heat 1 in the women’s 200m in 23.42 seconds and qualified for the semi-finals. Overall, Hima was ranked eighth in the list of top 24 players by Nigeria’s Favre Ofili at 22.71, while Jamaican sprint legend Elaine Thompson-Hera, since Rio 2016 in the 100 m, 200 m and 4×100 relay. The five-time Olympic medalist qualified for the semi-finals. 22.80
In women’s hammer throw, Indian strongman Manju Bala covered a distance of 59.68m to qualify for the final to be held on 6 August. Compatriot Sarita Romit Singh finished 13th with a throw of 57.48m as the top 12 throwers qualified for the final. ,
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