Indian record holder KT Irfan achieves 2016 Olympic qualification mark in 20 km race walk
Race walker KT Irfan today achieved the Rio 2016 Olympic qualification mark in the 20 km race walk at the National Open Race Walking championship in Jaipur. Irfan clocked 1 hour 22 minutes and 18 seconds to finish in 4th place. The Olympic qualification mark is 1 hour 24 minutes. Sandeep Kumar, another race walker supported by OGQ, won the bronze medal in 20 km race walk with a timing of 1 hour 21 minutes and 56 seconds. Sandeep had achieved the Olympic qualification marks in the 20 km race walk as well as the 50 km race walk events in 2015.
Irfan came into the limelight with an excellent 10th place finish at the 2012 London Olympics where he clocked 1 hour 20 minutes and 21 seconds thereby setting a new Indian national record. OGQ has been supporting Irfan for the last four years during which we have mainly focused on helping him with world class sports science support along with providing him with the best race walking shoes and medical support among other things.
Irfan makes a successful comeback from Injury
This was the first major tournament for Irfan in over a year during which he was recovering from a foot injury which severely hampered his training regimen. OGQ is proud to support Irfan as he aims to further better his timing on the Road to Rio 2016.
OGQ improves its Olympic participation from London 2012
Irfan is the 17th athlete supported by OGQ to earn an Olympic quota place for India. OGQ is happy that we have now bettered the Olympic participation of athletes that we support. At London 2012, 16 athletes supported by OGQ had participated, 4 out of which went on to win medals for India. 17 athletes have already secured quota places for India for Rio 2016 and we expect around 25-28 athletes in total to go to Rio in August 2016.
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