Versatile distance runner Sudha Singh is focussed at this month’s Nationwide Inter-State Athletics Championships might be to crack the Olympic Video games’ qualification mark of ladies’s 3000 meters steeplechase.
“The Inter-State meet might be my final likelihood to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Video games. I am hopeful of profitable a ticket to Tokyo earlier than the June 29 deadline to realize the qualification time,” Olympian Sudha advised IANS on Sunday.
The Olympic qualification mark is 9 minutes 30 seconds.
The Nationwide Inter-State Athletics Championships is scheduled to be held from June 25 in Patiala.
Sudha, 33, mentioned that the steeplechase qualification time is inside her attain. “I have been coaching and racing for a steeplechase occasion since 2010. Subsequently, I am assured of reaching my purpose of working underneath the qualification mark on the Inter-State competitors in Patiala,” she mentioned from Bengaluru, the place she is coaching.
Initially, Sudha’s focus was to earn Olympic qualification time within the ladies’s marathon. However she wasn’t profitable in cracking the marathon qualification mark of two hours 29 minutes 30 seconds in February on the Nationwide Marathon held in New Delhi.
“I had deliberate to run one other marathon race in Europe, however the Covid pandemic disaster in India spoiled my probabilities. Because the deadline of Could 31 to qualify for the marathon is over, the main target now could be to realize an excellent end result within the steeplechase occasion,” mentioned the 2018 Jakarta Asian Video games 3000m steeplechase silver medallist.
In March, the Uttar Pradesh athlete had skipped the Federation Cup, an Olympic qualification occasion, as she was nonetheless recovering from the marathon she had run the earlier month. Furthermore, Sudha was hopeful of getting an opportunity to compete in her second marathon in Could.
“It takes greater than a month to get well from a marathon race. Since my goal was to compete in one other marathon race in Could, I wasn’t concentrating a lot on observe exercises,” mentioned the Arjuna award winner.