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Tajinderpal Singh Toor aims to retain Asian Games 2023 shot put crown

The Asian Games is just around the corner, and with players from around the corner, it seems to be a tough battle ahead. Nevertheless, in the face of such a daunting challenge, shot-putter Tajinderpal Singh is confident to defend his title. Tajinder is the lone individual event Asian record holder in athletics. Toor says he is nearing full fitness after sustaining a groin injury. He also hopes to defend his Asian Games shot put gold in Hangzhou. Added to that, is the Paris Olympics 2024 in a few month’s time. Apart from Toor, the men’s 4x400m relay team also holds the Asian record with the Indian quartet’s 2:59.05s effort at the World Championships in Budapest last month.

Tajinderpal Singh’s past exploits in the shot put

The 28-year-old from Punjab won gold in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta with a throw of 20.75m. Since then, he has improved his performance and holds the Asian record. His throw of 21.77 m earned him the Asian record. It also earned him the gold medal at the National Inter-State Championships in June in Bhubaneswar. He had suffered a groin injury while winning gold at the Asian Championships in July in Bangkok. However, his first-round throw of 20.23 m was enough to fetch him the top spot.

What does the 28-year-old say about his preparations?

Toor clarified his injury by saying, “I am ready for the Asian Games and I am confident that I will defend the gold I won in the 2018 Games. I am 95 per cent fit.” He also added that he is currently undergoing his training at the NIS Patiala. The Hangzhou Asian Games begin on September 23. However, the shot put event is scheduled to be held on October 1. Toor also qualified for the World Championships but had to pull out as he was recovering from a groin injury. Interestingly, the shot put event at the Asian Games has always been dominated by the Indians. Indians have won men’s shot put gold nine times in the earlier 18 editions of the Asian Games.

If Toor defends his gold in Hangzhou, he will become the fourth Indian shot putter to do so. This long list includes the names of Parduman Singh Brar, Jonginder Singh and Bahadur Singh Chouhan. The only competitor in his way will be Abdelrahman Mahmoud of Bahrain, who threw a best of 20.65m this season. Let us hope the Indian shot putter comes up with a positive result for his country this time around.

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