Dharun spells out targets for 2019

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CHENNAI: forty eight.50. That’s the one variety that Dharun Ayyasamy has been having in his mind since January 1, 2019. The 22-year-vintage believes that he has to breach that barrier to count number as a pinnacle-15 men’s 400m hurdles athletes inside the world. His evaluation isn’t off the mark. For instance, in 2018, the simplest 12 athletes published sub forty eight.50 seconds in that category.

The Tiruppur lad, who broke the national document at the same time as clocking 48.96 seconds en path winning a silver on the Asian Games, is marginally at the back of the sector’s fine. He is currently the twenty-third great (if handiest 2018 times are considered). And he feels there is best one manner to preserve shifting up that leaderboard.

“More education and experience… There sincerely isn’t any substitute for that.”And why 48.50 seconds? Pat comes to the response. “With this time, you’re confident of an area inside the finals in both the Worlds as well as the Olympics.” He once more has a point. With a time of forty eight.50 seconds, he could have gotten into the finals of the closing three Worlds in addition to the 2 Summer Games in this discipline.

Apart from improving his time this season, Ayyasamy’s important goals consist of medalling at the imminent Asian Athletics Championships (AAC) in April.

“Obviously, I have designs on prevailing a medal in Doha, and I assume I can I do it,” he instructed this newspaper. His self-assurance isn’t out of place. He became the 1/3 quickest Asian athlete in 2018. Even then, he is properly aware of his limitations. He can be racing against acquainted foe Abderrahman Samba — the quickest guy in 2018 — who clocked a barely believable 46.98 seconds in Paris in June to win one leg of the Diamond League. The Qatari took gold in Jakarta with a Games document, so Ayyasamy is cautious. “The aim is gold… However it’ll be hard because Samba is there,” he said. “He is considered one of best athletes to have dipped beneath forty-seven seconds ever, so he’s quite precise.”

But he is also conscious of a more immediate mission, to qualify for the event. “Even though I have met the qualification guiding principle for the AAC, I nevertheless want to do the equal on the Federation Cup in Patiala later this month because this is going to be the primary selection trials for Doha.”

Even even though Ayyasamy has been in correctly form of overdue (he gained gold in each the Grands Prix he took element in), he is not leaving whatever to hazard. “I need to show I can do it once more inside the predominant trials.”

Considering the JSW athlete, who also took domestic silver inside the guys’ 4x400m relay at the Asian Games, has been on music to this point in view that starting his training in Turkey earlier this 12 months, he must do that readily.