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Rio Olympics 2016: Ankit Sharma, Srabani Nanda, Mohammad Anas, Atanu Das to head to Brazil

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 26 June 2016, 14:15 IST

Madhya Pradesh's star long jumper Ankit Sharma became the 24th long jumper overall to confirm his berth for the Rio Olympics on 26 June. He is the first athlete from the state to achieve this feat.

Ankit beat the qualifying mark by 0.02 by leaping a massive 8.17m. With this, he has broken his own record - of 8.04m that he bagged in the recently-concluded Kerala National Games. His feat at the Kerala games helped him bag the title of the world's number one long jumper in the senior outdoor category.

Earlier today, Mohammad Anas qualified for the Men's 400m event after he clocked in 45.50-seconds. Srabani Nanda also booked her berth for the Rio Olympics 2016 by clocking 23.02-seconds to become India's 103rd athlete for the games.

According to a Sportskeeda report, The Archery Association of India has officially confirmed the participation of Atanu Das in the Rio Olympics in the category of Men's recurve individual event. The 24-year-old beat Jayanta Talukdar and Mangal Singh Champia to advance to the summer games.

"I am very happy that I have finally been selected to represent the nation. But there is a long way to go. Hopefully, I can make India proud," Sportskeeda quoted Das as saying.

--With agency inputs

First published: 26 June 2016, 14:15 IST
 
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