Tejinder Pal Singh confirmed his position in the most bang in style at the Tojio Olympics. Tejinder not only broke his old record in the Indian Grand Prix held on Monday in Patiala but also broke the Asian record of 21.49 meters. The previous Asian record was named after Sultan Abdul Majeed of Saudi Arabia. Tejinder has to win 21.10m to qualify for the Olympics.
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Tejinder made 21.28m, 21.12m, 21.13m in his third, fourth and fifth attempts, respectively. All these efforts go beyond Olympic eligibility. During this period, the Punjab athlete broke the 12-year-old Asian record set by Saudi Arabia’s Sultan Abdullam al-Hebshi. Hebshi set a 21.13 meter shot throw record in 2009. The previous Indian record in this game was the 26-year-old Tour, who set a distance of 20.92 meters in 2019.
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After the competition, Tejinder said, ‘I am very happy to have qualified for the Olympics for the first time. It is an Asian and national record. No wonder I qualified for the Olympics as I threw from 21.20m to 21.40m. His record-breaking performance is subject to passing a dope test. It is understood that the National Anti-Doping Agency’s Dope Control Officers were present at the NIS-Patiala for this one-day event. Tejinder’s performance was better than that of the bronze medalist in 2012 and 2016.