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High jumper Tejaswin, quartermiler Hima Das both finish 6th

Press Trust of India  |  Gold Coast 

continued their search for a medal from in the 21st with high and quartermiler Das both finishing sixth in their respective events here today.

The 19-year-old national record holder Tejaswin could not clear 2.27m in three attempts to be out of contention for a podium finish. The had leaped 2.28m while winning the gold in the Federation Cup National Championships last month but today he was not in his element.

Tejaswin started with 2.18m which he cleared in his second attempt and sailed the 2.21m-high bar comfortably. He then cleared 2.24m in his first attempt but stuck at 2.27m to the disappointment of the Indian contingent.

"This is the first time I started with 2.18. Generally I start with 2.10 but then now I know that I have to practice at higher heights. That's how it works in finals. 2.18 looked really good and I thought I was doing really well," Tejaswin, who is now based out of USA, said after his event.

"Trying to clear 2.27m, somewhere I lost the rhythm. The first two attempts were really bad but then I tried to put everything together for the last attempt but it didn't work out. It wasn't my day."

He said he will have to clear 2.30m to have any chance of winning a medal in such competitions events.

"I am pretty sure that I will do that (clearing 2.30m) this year. The biggest positive is I could hold my nerve against these big competitors -- the Olympic and Commonwealth medallists. I realised they are people like me, they are not gods."


fast bowler Mitchell Starc's brother won the gold with a personal best effort of 2.32m while (2.30m) of and Django Lovett (2.30m) of took the silver and bronze respectively.

In the women's 400m finals, Das ran yet another personal best of 51.32 seconds but that was enough for a sixth place finish. The 18-year-old Indian had clocked 51.53 seconds, her personal best before today, in the semifinals yesterday.

clocked the same time as fifth place Maximila Imali of but the Indian had to settled at sixth place in a photo finish.

Botswana's took the gold in 50.14 seconds while the Jamaican duo of (50.57) and (50.93).

In the women's long jump, Nayana James and Neena Varakil made it to the finals after finishing ninth and 12th respectively overall in the qualification round.

Nayana cleared 6.34m in her second attempt to finish fourth in Group B while Neena had a best effort of 6.24 to end at sixth in Group A.

Those who clear 6.60m or at least 12 best performers advance to the final. In the qualification round, only four competitors got past 6.60m.

Nayana has a season's best of 6.51m which she achieved at the Federation Cup National Championships where she won a gold last month while Neena has a season's best of 6.42m which she managed during test event in in February.

The 2015 World Championships silver medallist of England qualified for the finals on the top of the heap with a best effort of 6.89m while current world of was second with 6.79m.

The women's final will be held tomorrow.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 18:25 IST
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