Rowers Arjun Lal Jat, Arvind Singh finish 11th in Tokyo, India’s best show at Olympics

The rowers finished 11th in the overall rankings of the men's lightweight double sculls event. India’s previous best was 18th in the category and 13th in single sculls.

By Naveen Peter
Picture by SAI Media

India’s Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh wrapped up their Tokyo Olympics campaign with an 11th place finish in the men’s lightweight double sculls event on Thursday.

Competing in the Final ‘B’, the ranking race to decide the seventh to 12th positions in the final standings, the Indian scullers clocked 6:29.66 to finish fifth out of six.

Spain’s Caetano Horta Pombo and Manel Balastegui won the race in 6:15.45 while Poland’s Jerzy Kowalski and Artur Mikolajczewski clocked 6:16.01 for a second-place finish in what was a close race.

Poland’s Kristoffer Brun and Weierholt Strandli did not start the six-boat race.

This is the best-ever performance by Indians rowers at the Olympic Games.

At the 2008 Beijing Games, Manjeet Singh and Devender Khandwal had managed an 18th place finish in the same event while Bajranglal Takhar was ranked 21st in single sculls.

Meanwhile, at Rio 2016, rower Dattu Bhokanal finished 13th in the single sculls competition.

At the Seaforest Waterway, the Indian pair didn’t manage the best of starts and were trailing behind the pack early on.

Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh eventually crossed the finish line about 14 seconds behind the race winners.

The Indian pair enjoyed a decent outing at the Tokyo Games.

After finishing fifth out of sixth in the opening heats, the scullers made the most of the repechage opportunity to sneak into the semi-finals.

But paired alongside the world champions Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’donovan of Ireland and other European heavyweights, Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh fell short of qualifying for the medal race.

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