Athletics in 2010 Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Games which are scheduled to begin from 3rd October will showcase athletics, as one of the major sporting events. Athletics is an important sport and has been a part of this manifesto sporting event since its onset in 1930 in Hamilton. In 1930, 10 countries had participated in this event whereas in 2006 Commonwealth Games 61 countries took part in this event thus depicting the tremendous increase in the popularity of the sport.
The sport is primarily based on human physical feats which involves competitive running, walking, jumping and throwing. The athletics programme of commonwealth games includes mainly Marathon, Walks and Track and Field. England owns the maximum number of gold medals in this event followed by Australia.
All the athletic events except for the Marathon, for 2010 Commonwealth Games will take place at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Marathon will be held on a street course running through the city. The participants will fight for almost 69 medals. The individual athletics event will have atleast three athletes for each event. Currently 72 countries have planned to participate in 2010 Commonwealth Games. Rwanda is a new addition to the participants of Commonwealth this year.
Unfortunately, some of the famous Indian athletes have withdrawn their names from the Commonwealth Games . Quarter-Miler Manjit Kaur has already exempted herself from the games owing to her injury while the triple jump national record holder Renjith Maheswary is also skipping the competition. Male quarter-miler Shakeh Mortaja has also withdrawn his name from the event.
Since some of the top seed athletes of the world like Usain Bolt, Sajad Moradi have withdrawn their names from the 2010 Commonwealth Games it is a golden chance for the upcoming Indian athletes to display their talent.
Om Prakash Singh, the famous short putter, only the third one to breach the 20th mark in the Asian Championship this year with 19.74m. Crowned Asian champion last year in China. This 23 year old, with six feet seven inches aims to win gold in 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Discus thrower Krishna poonia,who won gold in 2006 Doha Asian Games hails from Gagarwas village in Churu district of Rajasthan and represents Indian railways in national tournaments.Her personal best is 61.53. She won gold medal in 46th Open National Athletics Championship and now aims to win gold in 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Indian Track and Field athlete from Kerela,Joseph Abraham,holds the current 400 m hurdles national record of 49.51 s set during the 2007 World Championships in Athletics in Osaka on 26th August 2007. At Osaka, Abraham became the first Indian male athlete to clear the opening round in an event of World Athletics Championships when he reached the 400m hurdles semifinals.He aims to win gold in the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
Other then these famous athletes sprinter Abdul Najeeb Qureshi and shot putter Sourabh vij, are expected to bench mark their records and win their respective titles.
Let’s hope to see Indian athletes, come out in flying colours this season.