Tintu Lukka seeks perfect preparation for Rio Olympics in London, Pague

Tintu Lukka seeks perfect preparation for Rio Olympics in London, Pague

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-05-24 19:55 New Delhi: Reigning Asian champion in 800 metres, Tintu Lukka, will aim to get into her peak form ahead of this year's Rio Olympics when she will participate in two international competitions in London and Prague between May and July.The National record-holder from Kannaur (Kerala), who was amongst the early birds in Indian athletics to qualify for Rio, will first compete in the BMC Grand Prix at Watford on May 28, London and then the Josef Odlozil Memorial competition in Prague (Czech Republic) on June 6.The legendary P.T. Usha, who is Lukka's coach, said that her protege had started the season well with a 2.01sec race compared to her usual start of 2.03sec, which is a good sign for the times ahead."Tintu usually starts the season with 2.03sec but this time she ran a race of 2.01sec. We are looking at running some good international competitions in May-June and then more in July," said Usha, who finished fourth in the 400m hurdles at the 1984 Olympics and missed the Bronze medal by one-hundredth of a second.The 'Payolli Express' further added, "Right now, it wouldn't be correct to say that she (Tintu) is in peak form, but she's definitely in good nick. I hope the exposure to international competitions will help her get into the zone for Rio. I'm hoping that she will run some good under-two minutes races there. We are also hoping to return to Europe in July for a few more races before the Olympic Games."The duo's departure for London is scheduled from New Delhi on May 26.(ANI)