Triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary qualified for the Rio Olympics 2016 after leaping to a distance of 17.30m at the 4th Indian Grand Prix presented by Shriram Properties Bengaluru Marathon at Sree Kanteerva Stadium, Bangalore. In the process, the 30-year-old crossed the Olympic qualification mark of 16.85m and bettered Arpinder Singh's record of 17.17m.
The Commonwealth Games bronze medalist clinched gold at the Thailand Open Track and Field Championship early this month but failed to achieve the magic mark.
Renjith Maheshwary represented India at the 2008 Olympics as well as in 2012 Olympics. While he jumped 15.77m at Beijing, it was followed by three consecutive fouls jumps at the qualifying stage in London.
Published 11 Jul 2016, 17:38 IST
Triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary qualifies for #Rio2016 after recording 17.30m (NR, Qualifying mark - 16.85m) at the 4th Indian Grand Prix.— Sameer Shirodkar (@SameerSh29) July 11, 2016