Updated: February 15, 2020 11:16:30 am
Bhawna Jat broke the national record in the 20 km race walk event at the 7th National Race Walk Championships in Ranchi on Saturday. The 24-year-old from Rajasthan also earned a berth in Tokyo 2020 by finishing the race ahead of the automatic Olympic qualification mark.
Big result in Women’s 20km, Bhawna Jat of #Rajasthan clocks 1:29.54 (Olympic Qualification time- 1:31.00)
7th National #RaceWalk Championships 2020 #Ranchi
Priyanka Goswami narrowly miss Oly Q as she clocked 1:31.36@BhutaniRahul @g_rajaraman pic.twitter.com/ChtUexgIuw
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) February 15, 2020
The 24-year-old clocked 1:29.54, comfortably beating the Olympic qualification mark of 1:31.00 at the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) calendar event. No Indian woman had breached the 1:31.00 mark in the 20 km race walk event before Bhawna’s performance on Saturday.
Bhawna’s previous best in this category was 1:38.30, set in October last year. She has improved her personal best by almost 9 minutes. She has also bettered the previously existing national record by almost 2 minutes.
READ | Target Tokyo: Road ahead for India’s sharp shooters
Bhawna will be following up on her sensational performance at the Nationals at the Asian Race Walking Championship next month.
First day of 3rd international and 7th open national race walk championship.
First day in 20 km girls Bhawna Jat qualified for Tokyo olympic 2020.
Congratulations.@HemantSorenJMM @JharkhandCMO @prdjharkhand @KirenRijiju @RijijuOffice @Media_SAI pic.twitter.com/2sCUnO0yP8
— JHARKHAND ATHLETICS ASSOCATION (@jaajharkhand) February 15, 2020
Bhawna is India’s second race walker to book a ticket to Tokyo. KT Irfan earned his berth in the men’s race walk event in May last year.
AUDIO | Can Neeraj Chopra win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics?
In the 2016 Olympics, India’s Manish Rawat had lost out on the bronze medal by less than a minute in the 20 km race walk event.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Sports News, download Indian Express App.