MeraNews Network, Ostrava: Triple jumper Arpinder Singh has created history by becoming the first Indian to win a medal in the IAAF Continental Cup. At Ostrava in the Czech Republic yesterday, he clinched a bronze. The 25-year-old Arpinder was representing the Asia-Pacific team in the meet, held once every four years. He had won the gold in the triple-jump event in the recently concluded 18th Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

No Indian has ever won a medal in the Continental Cup which was known as the IAAF World Cup before 2010. Two top athletes from the four regions of Europe, Americas, Africa, and Asia-Pacific were taking part in each of the 36 events in men and women sections taken together. Reigning Olympic and world champion Christian Taylor of the United States took the gold with a jump of 17.59 metres. In men's javelin throw, reigning Commonwealth Games and Asian Games Neeraj Chopra finished a disappointing sixth with a best of 80.24 metres from his three throws.

In the new format that was introduced this year by the IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations), the athletics world governing body, to make the events more interesting, every competitor in the horizontal jumps and throws are given three attempts. A fourth attempt is given to the best athlete from every team of these three rounds. Then, the top two performers from the fourth attempt are given a fifth chance, considered to be the final round that decides the best performer as the winner.

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