Power failure mars Indian GP athletics

New Delhi: Power failure at the competition venue yesterday led to the first leg of the Indian GP athletics meet ending in a farce here.

The one-day meet, an Olympic qualifying event, was held without electricity at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium which led to results being recorded manually. Hand timings are not considered valid for record purposes and hence will not be counted for Olympic qualifications.

As many as four national records were improved including two athletes crossing the Rio Olympics qualification norms, but all of them will be of no use. All the track events were hand-timed as the photo-finish equipment was not switched on due to power failure.

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