Sinimole, Joseph miss Olympic qualification

New Delhi: 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 clocked 4:13.91s much below the Olympic Qualification timing. Another London hopeful, Joseph crashed out of contention after travelling 9000km to to attend the Grand Prix with a hope to achieve qualification timing for men`s 800m.

Sajeesh finished second in 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 who has been consistently running in 1:47 but could not crack 1:46 Thursday.

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 timings but could not further improve as the deadline for qualification came closer.