Reliance Foundation athletes Aim To Take Final Stride Towards The Biggest Stage Of Olympics At Inter-State Championships

- 48 Reliance Foundation athletes are set to participate in the Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships 2024 -

With just a month to go for the Paris Olympics 2024, Reliance Foundation athletes are gearing up to take the final stride towards qualification for the Olympic Games 2024. A total of 48 athletes from Reliance Foundation will be in action at the Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships, which will be held in Panchkula from June 27 to 30.

James Hillier, Athletics Director, Reliance Foundation, said about the preparations, “Inter-state is a really important tournament because it will serve as the selection trials for the Olympics for all athletes who have not qualified automatically. It will be the last chance for some of our top athletes like Jyothi Yarraji, Tejas Shirse, Gulveer Singh and Kartik Kumar to qualify for the Paris Olympics. Tejas broke the national record this year and is one to definitely watch out for. Gulveer and Kartik have been doing really well too with Gulveer breaking the national record in a couple of events. The Inter-State presents a chance for them to secure their qualification for the Paris Games.”
Meeting Qualification Mark 
Top athletes like Jyothi Yarraji, Tejas Shirse, and Amlan Borgohain will start their domestic season on a high note after their impressive performances in Europe on a training as well as acclimatization tour. Tejas broke the 7-year-old national record (set by Siddhanth Thingalaya in 2017) with an effort of 13.41s in the men’s 110-meter hurdles during the Motonet GP Jyvaskyla, Finland (Result) and followed it up with by finishing second at a World Athletics Meet in Genevas last week with a timing of 13.60s.

Jyothi equaled her personal best and national record timing of 12.78s during the Motonet GP Jyvaskyla, Finland (Result) in the Women’s 100m Hurdles inspite of hitting the final hurdle hard in a very impressive display
Both of them will target breaking the automatic qualification mark for the Olympics.  
Continuing the momentum

After multiple podium finishes in 100m and 200m events during international competitions and bettering his personal best three times in a row during the Motonet GP in Jyvaskyla, Finland, Animesh Kujur enters the event as one of the favorites in the sprint races. Animesh marked a new personal best in 100m with 10.39s and backed it up at the XXVI Trofeo de Atletismo Ciudad de Salamanca with a timing of 20.59s in 200m and 10.27s in 100m (Result). Animesh also clinched a bronze medal in 20.79s in the 200m at the BRICS Games 2024. Animesh's recent performance in Europe also made him the fastest Indian runner from India outside Indian soil in the sprint events. (Result)

Endurance athlete Gulveer Singh broke the 5000m national record which had stood in the name of Avinash Sable during the Portland Track Festival with a blistering time of 13:18.92. Gulveer shattered the 16-year-old national record in the 10000m event by 20 seconds during JSerra Catholic HS, San Juan Capistrano (USA) with a remarkable timing of 27:41.81. The previous record was set by Surendra Singh in 2008. (Result)

Young athletes look to make their mark
Young javelin throwers Vikrant Malik and Sahil Silwal will aim to push fellow RF athlete and title favourite Kishore Kumar Jena in the javelin throw event. Kishore, who has already met the direct qualification mark for the Paris Olympics, will aim to stamp his authority to ensure that he is named in India’s final squad for the Paris Olympics. Manikanta Hoblidhar, the national record holder in the men’s 100m, will also be eyeing a return to winning ways after coming back from injury.