Inter-State Athletics Championships: Praveen Chithravel listens to mom, joins triple leap 17m membership

Published:Mar 9, 202409:24
Inter-State Athletics Championships: Praveen Chithravel listens to mom, joins triple leap 17m membership

Forward of the triple leap occasion on the ultimate day of the 61st Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships in Chennai, solely 4 Indian males within the historical past of the game had recorded a distance in extra of 17 metres.

Two of them, Abdulla Aboobacker (private finest and season better of 17.19m) and Karthik Unnikrishnan (PB and SB of 17.10m), entered the membership lower than a month in the past. Each are raring to go and are fan favourites on the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday night. Spectators additionally get behind Kerala’s Eldhose Paul, who fell painfully in need of the mark with a leap of 16.99m on the Federation Cup in Thenhipalam earlier this 12 months.

Not bothered by the noise, a 21-year-old in pink jumpers limbers up close by. That is his residence turf; some comprehend it, many don’t.

A gaggle of athletes from Uttar Pradesh, in the meantime, raves about Aboobacker’s take-off. “Velocity dekhi hai bhai ki? Hawa jaisa bhaag raha (Have you ever seen his pace? He runs just like the wind),” considered one of them says. Two others nod in settlement.

The dialog, which works on for some time, is lower brief with an “Oye teri (the equal of an incredulous what the… gasp)” because the announcer screams: 16.90.

That 21-year-old within the pink jumpers, now in a white sleeveless vest, Tamil Nadu’s Praveen Chithravel has simply handed Aboobacker’s first leap – 16.67m. The UP athletes can't maintain again their shock.

As Praveen saunters again, his Cuban coach Yoandri Betanzos calls out to him from the higher tier of the japanese stand. “Relax,” is all he says. Praveen hears him and walks on to the place he was a couple of minutes in the past.

The occasion continues and rivals play catch-up with Praveen’s mark. Praveen will get again to his pre-jump routine. He stands calmly with each palms to his ears, possibly in an effort to close out the raucous celebrations after Aboobacker’s second leap of 16.89m. The sport is afoot. A bit later he's again to opening his arms huge and standing nonetheless for just a few seconds.

It's time for his second leap. Praveen gestures to the spectators to clap for him. They promptly reply. Two large steps and a hop later, a collective gasp on the photographer’s finish conveys it's a huge leap. Praveen’s celebration attracts the group into the second. The athlete is aware of it is a huge leap, the group senses it. It looks like an entire minute earlier than the announcement lastly comes: 17.18.

The organisers verify on the mike, “Excellent news coming in from triple leap! Tamil Nadu’s Praveen Chithravel has gone previous the meet report and has certified for CWG (Commonwealth Video games) with a leap of 17.18m.”

The 17.18m leap which earned Praveen his World Championship berth  

By the way, Praveen has additionally gone previous the World Athletics Championships qualifying normal of 17.14m. The sooner meet report was Arpinder Singh’s 17.17m set in Lucknow in 2014. Renjith Maheshwary’s 17.30m in 2016 remains to be the nationwide report.

Praveen’s mom, Prema, calls instantly after he wins the occasion. She noticed her son in motion on the reside feed. “She cried. She had advised me, it is your private home floor... you recognize what to do. I needn't inform you what to do,” says Praveen. The younger man from Thanjavur district hasn’t been residence in practically eight months.

He isn’t capable of speak to her for lengthy. Officers usher him to the rostrum for the victory ceremony.

Later, Praveen lets on that he's combating by means of ache to compete. “There was a blood clot in my heel in Could after the primary leap whereas taking part in a meet in Italy. However I jumped three extra occasions only for the rating and people jumps had been within the 16.20 vary. However the ache elevated.

“From there on, for the subsequent three weeks, I didn't prepare intensely. Identical approach, at this time, too, I didn't are available with something in thoughts. All three of my coaches simply requested me to go on the market and provides my finest. Throughout coaching, too, we did not leap a lot. Even coaching with spikes was sparing. I got here immediately and competed. It is all about good work and we labored on components that had been required as per the scenario,” he says.

Praveen is now being mentored by Betanzos, a former world-class triple jumper and twice world championships silver medallist, however doffs his hat to each coach who has been part of his athletics journey.  

Betanzos has taken over teaching duties from Antony Yaich on the Encourage Institute of Sport based by the JSW Group, which helps Praveen.

READ: Triple leap: Arpinder the star, Praveen the fledgling

Praveen talks concerning the similarities and variations between each. “He (Betanzos) joined us final October-November and we're simply constructing a relationship. It is going properly. Each (Betanzos and Yaich) are very comparable in some methods, and completely different in others. Yaich targeted on pace and energy, however Betanzos focuses on explosive skills and jumps, and constantly works on method. His focus is on perfecting it. We have labored on the method to excellent 60-70 per cent of the method. I count on the 100 per cent to occur, or I can inform you if it has, solely by Paris (Olympics) 2024.”

Praveen has requested Betanzos to be powerful on him, in case he will get distracted. “I've taught him just a few unhealthy phrases in Tamil. Solely that works when he wants to tug me up for my errors. Nothing else appears to work,” Praveen jokes.

Praveen reserves phrases of gratitude for a particular man, considered one of his childhood lecturers. “Mathiyazhagan Sir was my science trainer. He used to spend his personal cash to take me to district meets and different competitions. So, I owe him loads. He might have simply taught me science and gone forward together with his life. However he did not,” he says.


Praveen doesn’t have any grand plans for CWG Birmingham and the world championships in Oregon but. “I do not overthink this stuff. I'm simply specializing in doing my finest in coaching day by day, and making an attempt to keep away from being lazy.” By his admission, he'll comply with what his favorite actor, Kamal Haasan says in the film Vikram, “Pathukalam da (We'll see because it comes).”

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