Patiala, June 24 (IANS) Sri Lanka’s middle distance runner Nimali Waliwarsha and sprinter Nadeesha Ramanayake are among the prominent athletes who will compete in the five-day national interstate athletics championships that start here on Friday.
While Nimali will compete in the women’s 800m, Nadeesha will be seen in action in the women’s 400m.
Both Nimali and Nadeesha will aim to improve their performance to earn tickets to the Tokyo Olympics, which start on July 23.
The Olympic qualifying time of 800m for women is 1 minute 59.50 seconds, while Nimali’s personal record is 2 minutes 02.58 seconds clock in 2017.
Nadeesha has a season best of 53.48 seconds in the women’s 400 m, while the Olympic qualifying time is 51.35 sec.
Several Native American athletes, including the 100-meter sprinter Dutee Chand, who watched 11.17 seconds, which was close to the Tokyo Olympic qualifying time of 11.15 seconds on Monday at IGP IV in Patiala, will aim to run faster to secure Olympic places.
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