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India’s Manoj Baskar gets first place finish in men’s T44 200m at 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships

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India’s Manoj Baskar. Image credit: IPC Athletics

In a three-deep field on the opening day of competition at the Dubai hosted 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships, India’s Manoj Baskar came away with a first place finish in the men’s T44 200m event with a time of 24.90.

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Baskar narrowly beat fellow Indian competitor Anandan Gunasekaran by 4/100ths of a second. Sri Lanka’s Ajith Hettiarachchi finished third with a time of 25.05 seconds.

Baskar’s time is one of the best put up this year by T44 competitors, but is short of a 2016 Paralympic A Qualifying time of 0:23.30.  All competitors met the Paralympic B Qualifying time of 0:25.80 in a field where 26 competitors have already set B qualifying times for Rio.

21-year-old Baskar has two other events remaining on his 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships program, including the 100 and 400 meters.

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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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