India’s Amandeep Singh Dhaliwal failed to impress in the final of the men’s shot put event at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday.
Having made the medal round with a 17.92 metres throw in the qualification, the Indian athlete was off colour as two foul throws and 17.08 metres in his third saw him finish 12th among as many finalists at the Kasarani Stadium.
The evening session at the world junior meet was delayed by about two hours due to rain. But that didn’t bother the favourites as Cuba’s Juan Carley Vázquez Gómez took the gold with a throw of 19.73 metres, while Belarus’ Yauheni Bryhi won the silver medal for his effort of 19.70 metres.
Switzerland’s Jephté Vogel completed the podium with a throw of 19.16 metres.
Earlier, Rohan Kamble made it to the semi-finals of the men’s 400m hurdles. The Indian athlete clocked 55.00 seconds for a fourth-place finish in his heats, thereby clinching one of the direct qualification slots.
In the 400m hurdles, the top four in each heat along with the next four fastest runners across the five qualifying races made it to the next round.
Hardeep Kumar, however, endured a difficult time on the track as he tripped on the penultimate hurdle to finish last in the men’s 400m hurdles heats.
The 18-year-old Indian athlete got off to a good start but struggled to keep up with the leaders in the final stretch before crashing into the hurdle during his penultimate jump.
Though it took him a while, Hardeep Kumar was back on his feet and crossed the finish line in 1:12.80 seconds.
In the men’s 800m, Anu Kumar came close to sneaking into the semi-finals.
The Indian athlete came in fourth in his heats with a timing of 1:50.26 seconds. But with just the top three gaining a direct entry, Anu Kumar fell short of qualification by fractions of a second.
In the women’s 800m event, India’s Pooja clocked 2:10.66 to finish 16th on the overall standings.
India began the World Athletics U20 Championships with a bronze medal in the 4x400m mixed relay on Wednesday.