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Indian middle distance runners Sinimole Paulose and Sajeesh Joseph’s Olympic dreams came crashing down as both of them failed to make the cut for London at the Folksam Sollentuna Grand Prix in Stockholm, Sweden.
Sinimole finished a disappointing seventh in the women’s 1500m after clocking 4:13.91s much below the Olympic Qualification timing. Another London hopeful, Joseph crashed out of contention after travelling 9000km to attend the Grand Prix with a hope to achieve qualification timing for men’s 800m.
Sajeesh finished second in the B race of men’s 800 with a timing of 1:47.87s behind Mayni Ahmed who won the race in 1:47.69s. Sajeesh has been consistently running in 1:47 but could not crack 1:46 yesterday.
Hilary Stellingwerff of Canada won the women’s 1500m event in 4:09.14 and Zoe Buckman of Australia was runner-up with 4:09.54s. Sinimole started the season with an excellent timing but could not further improve as the deadline for qualification came closer.