Race walker KT Irfan first Indian from athletics to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 17, 2019UPDATED: March 17, 2019 15:30 IST KT Irfan clocked within the Tokyo Olympics qualification timing in the 20km event at the Asian Race Walking Championships. (@indian_athletes Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKT Irfan is the first Indian from athletics to book a spot in the 2020 Tokyo OlympicsIrfan clocked 1 hour 20 minutes and 57 seconds in the 20km event at the Asian Race Walking ChampionshipsThe Tokyo Olympics qualification standard was 1 hour and 21 minutesNational record holder KT Irfan Sunday became the first Indian from athletics to qualify for the next year’s Olympics while finishing fourth in the 20 km event of the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan.The 29-year-old Irfan clocked 1 hour 20 minutes and 57 seconds to better the Tokyo Olympics qualification standard of 1 hour 21 minutes.The Olympics qualification period for race walk events and marathon race has begun from January 1 this year and will run till May 31, 2020. The Olympics qualification period for all other athletics events will start from May 1 this year and will run till June 29, 2020.No other Indian from athletics has so far qualified for Tokyo Olympics.Breaking from #Japan- Irfant KT qualifies for Tokyo 2020 & IAAF World Championships 2019. Irfan finished fourth with the timing of 1:20.57 at #Asian RW Championships #Nomi on #Sunday.Devinder-1:21.22 (WC Qualified)Ganapati- 1:22.12 (WC Qualified) pic.twitter.com/JUX7L0fg31Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) March 17, 2019Irfan, who has a personal best as well as national record of 1:20:21 which he did during his 10th place finish in 2012 Olympics, also qualified for this year’s World Championships (September 27-October 6) in Doha, Qatar as he bettered the qualifying mark of 1:22:30.The Kerala race walker had won the 20 km event in the National Open Race Walk Championships in Chennai last month with a time of 1:26:18.He was one of the two Indian athletes who were expelled from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games for not adhering to the ‘no needle policy’ of the Games. He was disqualified in the 20 km race walk event of the 2018 Asian Games after receiving his third warning for “loss of contact”.advertisementJapan’s Toshikazu Yamanishi won the 20 km race walk event with an impressive time of 1:17:15 while Kazakhstan’s Georgiy Sheiko and Korea’s Byeongkwang Choe were second and third in 1:20:21 and 1:20:40 respectively.The Asian and World record in men’s 20 km race walk stands in the name of Japanese Yusuke Suzuki who clocked 1:16:36 in the 2015 edition of the same championships in Nomi.Two other Indians, Devinder Singh and Ganapathi Krishnan also qualified for the World Championships as they clocked 1:21:22 and 1:22:12 respectively. They had finished second and fifth in the Chennai National Race Walk Championships with timings of 1:26:19 and 1:26:43.In the women’s 20 km race walk event, Soumya Baby finished fourth with a timing of 1:36:08, well outside Olympics qualifying standard of 1:31:00 and World Championships qualifying standard of 1:33:30.Also Read | Tokyo 2020 Olympics unveils robots to help wheelchair users and workersAlso Read | Dipa Karmakar to skip Doha World Cup after aggravating knee injury during vault finalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow KT IrfanFollow AthleticsFollow 2020 Tokyo OlympicsFollow Asian Race Walking Championships Race walker KT Irfan first Indian from athletics to qualify for 2020 Tokyo OlympicsKT Irfan qualified for 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the race walking event of athletics after finishing fourth in the 20km event at the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan.advertisement Nextlast_img read more