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Vaibhav Raghunandan  |  New Delhi 



Abdulla Aboobacker Narangolintevid
Gold medal winner Eldhose Paul, left, of India and compatriot and silver medal winner Abdulla Aboobacker Narangolintevid celebrate after the men's triple jump final during the athletics in the Alexander Stadium at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

The first reaction was disappointment. Trepidation, confusion, anger, frantic solution mongering followed soon after. Leading up to the World Championships in Oregon in July, coach Hari Krishnan had seen two of his wards, triple jump Eldhose Paul and Abdulla Aboobacker, regularly set new personal bests at domestic competitions through the season. Aboobacker had jumped 17.19m in May, the highest mark achieved by any of them this season. Paul, who had regularly crossed 17m (“the minimum required at the international level,” Krishnan says), was another contender to make it to the finals of the event in the US.

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First Published: Tue, September 13 2022. 18:54 IST