Indian Shot Putter Tajinder Singh Toor made history on Monday at the Indian Grand Prix 4 held in Patiala and qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020
Tajinder Singh broke his own record and set up a new National Record in the shot put with a record throw of 21.49 m. He qualified for the Olympics by beating the qualification mark of 21.10 m.
The previous record, which was also set by Toor, which stood at 20.92m and was set in 2019.
Finally, I have achieved my target for a ticket to #Tokyo2020 In spite of numerous setbacks like injuries and Covid situations, me and my coach Sh. Mohinder Singh Dhillon stood strong. I am happy that now I have qualified for Tokyo 2020 and will work hard to give my best during games.Tajinder Singh tweeted
Early Life of Tajinder Singh
TajendraPal Singh Toor was born on 13 November, 1994 in a village called Khosa Pando in Moga District of Punjab. He belongs to a family of farmers.
He switched from cricket to shot put at the insistence of his father.
- In the Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championships in Patiala in June 2017 Toor recorded his personal best outdoor throw of 20.40 m He was not qualified for the World Championships as he missed the standard of 20.50 m.
- At the 2017 Asian Championships held in Bhubaneswar, he won silver with a throw of 19.77 m. He missed the gold medal by just 0.03 m.
- On August 25th, 2018 Toor set up a new record at the 2018 Asian Games. He won the gold medal with a throw of 20.75 m.