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Sahana Kumari bows out

Indian high jumper Sahana Kumari failed to make it past the qualification round at the London Olympics here yesterday.

Sahana, who was the lone Indian woman in the event, quite easily cleared her first jump of 1.80 metres but had three failed attempts at 1.85m that put an end to her campaign.

The 30-year-old Indian, who holds the national record with a jump of 1.92m, could only manage 15th place in group B.

Svetlana Radzivil of Uzbekistan was the lone jumper to get automatic qualification by clearing the 1.96m mark.

The Bangalore-based athlete had a fair share of struggles before the Games. She wanted her Ukrainiain coach, Nikitin Evgeny to accompany her to London, but the request was turned down by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). She then pleaded helplessness at not being able to afford to take her coach to London on her own expenses. Following this, Mumbai-based Ek Aur Prayaas — a platform to engage socio-political issues, helped her collect the required funds via social networking sites. The Karanataka government also chipped in with Rs 5 lakh.

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