Thodi confidence ahead of 5th National Race Walking Championship

Vastavam web: India s number one race walker Irfan Kolothun Thodi today exuded confidence ahead of the 5th National Race Walking Championship to be held here tomorrow.”I am well prepared for the Nationals. This year competition will be tough as it is an important year with two big competitions- CWG and Asian Games, ” said Thodi, who will be representing Kerala in the competition.Thodi, who is currently training for the National Championship in Bengaluru, is also mindful of the prevailing weather in the National capital.

“Training is going good in Bengaluru. I think temperature in Delhi will be a little cooler than Bengaluru and we will have good competition, added Thodi, who had achieved his best mark in 20 kilometres race walk at 2012 London Olympics clocking 1:20:21 .The Commonwealth Games is scheduled to be staged from April 4-15 at Gold Coast in Australia, while the Asiad will be held from August 18 to September 2 in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

The qualification benchmark for the Commonwealth Games has been pegged at 1:22:00 for Men, while for women it is set at 1:35:00. The qualification benchmark for the Asiad has been set at 1:22:00 for Men, while for women it is fixed at 1:34:54.The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) selection committee will announce the Indian team for the Asian 20km Race Walking Championship to be held in Nomi, Japan on March 18 at the back of this event.