The Indian youth athletes at the maiden Asian Youth Championships, held in Doha, Qatar, from the 8th to the 11th May, had quite a successful outing.
Impressive Haul of Medals
India won 14 medals in total, with two gold medals, six silver and bronze medals each. In the points tally, India stood an overall fifth. However, in terms of medals won, India was second only to China’s tally of 31 medals.
On the opening day, Ashish Bhalotia opened India’s tally of medals by winning the silver medal in shot put. Bhalotia threw at a distance of 17.76 metres to Ma Hao Wein’s gold medal winning effort of 19.43 metres. Japanese Hiroshi Ikegawa threw a distance of 17.51 metres to claim the bronze.
Girls’ Equally Successful Performances
In the girls’ discus throwing event, Seema won the bronze medal with a throw of 41.14 metres, while Sonal Goyal came fourth with a throw of 38.77 metres. Chinese Dong Xiaocen bagged the gold with a throw of 45.58 metres, while UAE’s Fatima Al Hosani bagged silver with a throw of 41.80 metres.
Anumol Thampi bagged bronze in the girls’ 3000 metres, with a distance of 10:24.98 while P.R. Aleesha came sixth in the event clocking a distance of 10:55.70. In the women’s 400 metres race, Jisna Matthew, protégé of India’s famed athlete, PT Usha, claimed the silver medal clocking a distance of 53.84 seconds. It was a personal best record for the young athlete as well as a new national youth record for this distance.
New National Youth Records Created
Tejaswin Shankar created the new national youth record with a personal best of 1.2 metres in the high jump event. Shankar’s efforts netted him the silver medal. The Indian boys’ medley relay team also claimed the silver medal and created yet another national youth record, by clocking a distance of 1:53.74. The Indian boys narrowly lost the gold medal – by 0.4 seconds – to China, while Saudi Arabian boys with an effort of 1:55.81 claimed the podium with the bronze medal. In addition to these athletes, Sonu Kumar, Mohammed Hadish and Abhishek Drall also won medals for India.
Beant Singh and Kishan Tadvi Clinch Gold Medals
The first of the two gold medals for Indian youth athletes in the Championships were won by teenager Beant Singh, who clocked 1:52.26 in the 800 metres. The second medal was won by Kishan Tadvi, who won the boys’ 3000 metres, clocking 8:26.24. In the decathlon, R. Rajesh claimed the second place on the podium, scoring 5, 867 points.
Sports Rediscovered congratulates all Indian youth athletes and wishes them all the best in their future endeavours.