Karthik Unnikrishnan has been following the Word Athletics’ Road to Tokyo rankings closely the last few weeks. Only 32 athletes are allowed in a field event at the Oympics and in triple jump the 27-year-old has dropped a rung and is now on 36.

But he is not overly worried.

“I was 35 two days ago but I’m not trying to improve my ranking, my aim is to do the automatic qualification mark, something like 17.30m and I’m confident of achieving it,” said Unnikrishnan, the Federation Cup champion, in a chat with Sportstar from his Air Force base in Bengaluru.

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“I’m in good form but I need competitions, anywhere. If I get competitions next month, I can do it.”

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