As she jogged round Birsa Munda Stadium observe right here on Wednesday night, one might discover a smile on V.Ok. Vismaya’s face. This has been a really blissful season, just like the final, for the younger lady who was nowhere within the nationwide radar a few years in the past.
She now has a relay gold from the Asian Video games, a silver from the Asians, has run within the current World Championships and likewise performed an enormous half within the nation qualifying for subsequent yr’s Tokyo Olympics within the blended relay.
“This looks like a nice long dream. And now, since my time is improving nicely, I’ll try to qualify for the Olympics in the individual 400m. It’s possible,” Vismaya informed The Hindu on the eve of the 59th Nationwide Open athletics championships right here on Wednesday. The 22-year-old has a private better of 52.12s and the Tokyo entry customary is 51.35.
Vismaya and her rivalry with Anjali Devi, the most effective quartermiler this season with 51.53s, and Jisna Mathew, who appeared spectacular on the Doha Worlds within the relays, might be one among high occasions to observe within the four-day occasion.
“I don’t see this (the presence of Anjali and Jisna) as a big rivalry. In sport, anything can happen any time but I will give my best. If we have good competitors, we can do good timings too,” mentioned Vismaya.
Nationwide file holder Muhammed Anas’ 400m race in opposition to the fast-improving Noah Nirmal Tom must be one other occasion that would appeal to consideration.
In the meantime, lengthy soar nationwide file holder M. Sreeshankar (private greatest 8.20m) might be eager to provide an enormous one and push the Doha Worlds, the place he didn’t qualify for the ultimate with an effort of seven.62m, out of his thoughts.
However the two jumps runways right here appeared previous and worn-out and that must be a priority for the lengthy and triple jumpers right here.
Jinson Johnson, the lads’s nationwide file holder and Asian Video games 1500m gold medallist, and 110m hurdles nationwide file holder Siddhanth Thingalaya are among the outstanding names who might be seen in motion right here.
In the meantime javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, the nation’s greatest identify in athletics, is anticipated right here on Friday however there are questions over whether or not he ought to rush into competitors so quickly after his surgical procedure (see field).