first_img(REOPENS DEL 11) (REOPENS DEL 11) Despite being lightweights in the competitive arena, India continued to rule the roost as far as doping was concerned and the country was placed once again in the top three in a WADA report based on the information supplied by various national bodies. India had the third highest Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) in 2014, with 96 cases, behind Russia (148) and Italy (123), according to a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report. In that, athletics contributed most dope cheats with 29 cases, followed by powerlifitng (23) and weightlifting (22) as the trend of the last few years continued. The year 2016 was also a sort of achievement for Odisha sprinter Dutee Chand who came out of IAAF ban following a gender test to qualify for the Olympics though her campaign in Rio ended disappointingly as she finished seventh in her 100m heats with a below-par 11.69secs. The 20-year-old became the first Indian female athlete to qualify for the 100m dash in Olympics in 36 years after legendary P T Usha competed in the blue-riband event in the 1980 Moscow Games. She qualified for the Olympics with a national record time of 11.24 seconds at the 26th G Kosanov Memorial Meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The year began with the Indian track and field athletes enjoying expected supremacy in the South Asian Games (SAG) in Guwahati by winning 28 gold medals out of the countrys 188. Veteran long distance runner Kavita Raut clinched gold in womens marathon and qualified for Olympics in the process. Then, the domestic season began with the athletes making frantic efforts to make the Rio Olympics ticket. Federation Cup, National Inter-State Championships and three Indian Grand Prix legs served as the domestic events while many athletes embarked on training-cum-competition tours outside the country to try and qualify for Rio. The notable foreign exposure trip was the 38-member Indian track and field team for a 12-week training-cum-competition stint at the world class facility at Spala, Poland with dope tainted Yuri Ogorodinik among the support staff. Several national records were broken in the process and the country saw some remarkable performances in the build-up to the Olympics, which also raised doubts about how clean they were in achieving these Rio standards. It was, however, a stark contrast at the Olympics where the pre-Games remarkable performances could not be matched and very few athletes could even achieve their personal best. Topping the list of flops was none other than triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary who made it to his third Olympics after producing the seasons third-best performance in the world at that time. The Kerala jumper, who has flopped time and again on the world stage, touched down at 17.30m at the Indian Grand Prix in Bengaluru in July to qualify but crashed out in the first round in Rio managing just 16.13m. Another big let down was discus thrower Vikas Gowda who travelled to Rio despite being on the recovery path from an injury. He ended his challenge with a best throw of 58.99m that was nearly six metres short of his best. Gowdas female counterpart, discus thrower Seema Antil, finished a disappointing 20th in the qualifying round , and 20th overall, with a best throw of 57.58m, well below her personal best of 62.62 metres. Legendary P T Ushas prodigy Tintu Luka came a cropper on the global stage once again as she failed to qualify for the semifinals of the womens 800m race after finishing sixth in her heat race. MORE PTI PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img

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