Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
India’s disappointing outing in Athletics at the Rio Olympics 2016 continued with Renjith Maheshwary failing to make the cut in the men’s triple jump. Maheshwary made three successful jumps without a single foul but was nowhere close to the qualification mark to go into the final.
The qualification criteria for the triple jump required athletes to jump 16.95m to qualify automatically. If not, the 12 best jumpers moved into the final. Unfortunately, the Kerala-based jumper’s best attempt was only 16.13m.
In his first attempt, he jumped only 15.80m. It was a decent effort considering the majorit of the field were still warming up and setting similar marks. His second attempt saw him improve to 16.13m to give Indians a glimmer of hope but he was still not in the top 12.
Maheshwary needed a massive jump in his third and final attempt. Unfortunately, he only managed to jump 15.99m to finish outside the Top 12. In fact, it only saw him finish 30th.
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