Vastavam web: Young Mumbai high hurdler and national record holder Siddhanth Thingalaya has set his sights on a podium finish at next year’s Commonwealth Games in in Australia as well as the Asian Games in Indonesia.Prior to these two multi-sport events, 6-foot-3-inch tall Thingalaya has the chance to run and prove his credentials in the 60 m hurdles at the World Indoor Championships scheduled in Birmingham, in March next year.Thingalaya ran in this year’s World Athletics Championships in London but couldn’t make a mark and blamed lack of sufficient preparation time as he hit many hurdles during his race.
“I am a 110m specialist, the first athlete to go for world championship this year as no one has done it in 110m (from India) earlier.”I and my coach (American Gary Cablayan) have to rectify a few mistakes from start of the race to its end including between hurdles that happened in the World Championship for which I did not have enough time to prepare,” said the Mumbai hurdler, who is supported financially by his parents.”I am hoping to get my times even better. A podium finish in the World Indoors may be difficult, but I can make the finals,” said Thingalaya, who rued that it clashed with the Federation Cup meet in Patialia.
“I am not sure whether there is any qualifier just after the World Indoors. It’s an experience to run with world level athletes. I am focusing on it. It’s unfortunate it clashes with the Federation Cup.”I need to concentrate on World Indoors for international exposure as they are the same who will show up in the Tokyo Olympics,” he said.