Tintu qualifies for 800m semis

Tintu, clocked 2:01.75secs to finish third in the second heat two behind reigning world champion Mariya Savinova (2:01.56) of Russia and Alice Schmidt (2:01.65) of United States. It was below her personal best of 1:59.17 secs achieved two years back.

India’s Tintu Luka (right) and Morocco’s Malika Akkaoui compete in the women’s 800m heats yesterday. PIC/AFP

Tinku is coached by India’s former sprint queen PT Usha.

The top three in each of the six heats and the best six others advance to the semi-finals to be held today.

American Johnson Montano Alysia, who had finished fourth in the World Championships in South Korea last year, led the heats timings with 2:00.47 ahead of defending champion Pamela Jelimo (2:00.54) of Kenya and former world champion Caster Semenya (2:00.71) of South Africa.

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