Irfan KT Becomes The First Indian Athletic To Qualify For The 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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| March 18 , 2019 , 16:26 IST

The first Indian athlete Irfan KT qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after he finished fourth at the Asian Race walking championship in Nomi, Japan. The 29-year-old Irfan clocked 1hour 20 minutes and 57 seconds in the 20km walking race thereby registering the standard mark for qualifying for the next Olympics on Sunday.

Also, with his fourth-place finish, he bagged a place in the forthcoming IAAF World Championship, which is slated to take place from September end in Doha.

Olympic qualification for walk events and marathon began from January 1 this year and will continue till May 31, 2020, but for the remaining athletics event, it will start from May 1 this year. So far, no other Indian athlete has qualified for the Tokyo extravaganza.

Whereas, He was one of the two Indian athletes who was expelled from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games for not adhering to the 'no needle policy' of the Games. He was disqualified in the 20 km race walk event of the 2018 Asian games after receiving his third warning for "loss of contact."

Earlier in February this year, he had clocked 1:26:18 to win the 20km walk race event in the National Open Race Walk Championships in Chennai. Apart from Irfan, two other Indian athletes.

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Devinder Singh and Ganapathi Krishnan also qualified for the IAAF World Championships after clocking 1:21:22 and 1:22:12 respectively, but failed to bag the Olympics spot. They had earlier finished second and fifth respectively in the Chennai National Race Walk Championships.

Talking about Irfan, it will be his second Olympics appearance. Earlier in 2018, he was suspended from the Commonwealth Games along with Rakesh Babu for violation the 'no needle' policy following the discovery of a syringe by a cleaner in their room in Gold Coast.