India has been at top spot at South Asian Junior Athletics Championships by winning 50 medals. India’s medals at third South Asian Junior Athletics Championships (SAJAC) tally includes 20 gold, 22 silver and eight bronze medals. This overall is one of the best performance by Indian junior athletes as they made many records during the event under different categories.
Here are some of memorable Indian junior athletes performance moments at SAJAC:
India with 50 medals whole remained at top position. While event hosts Sri Lanka remained at second placed by grabbing 41 medals that includes 12 Gold, 10 silver and nineteen bronze medals. Other Indian neighbour Pakistan with just two medals occupied third spot in the list.
Records made by India at South Asian Junior Athletics Championships
Indian players not only won plenty of medals but also made records. All new records in the men’s long jump, triple jump, women’s triple jump, 100m hurdles, javelin throw and 1500m events were named to India. Please have a look:
Kamalraj Kanagraj in boys triple jump came up with a leap of 16.05m surpassing earlier record of 15.96m. Ashutosh Chouhan (15.37m) made it 1-2 for India. In girls triple jump event, Priyadarshini Suresh made new meet record. She came up with a distance of 12.90m. In javelin throw Sanjana Choudhary (48.08) also set a meet record.
Other main highlights about medal winners for India at SAJAC
- Ajay Kumar Bind (boy’s 5000m gold, 15:08.40s)
- Poonam Dinkar Sonune (girls 3000m gold, 9:50.21)
- Arshdeep Singh (junior boy’s javelin gold, 71.47m)
- Kiran Baliyan (junior women’s shot put gold with a 14.77m throw) & Anamika Das (silver medal in this event)
- Kerala’s Mohammed Fias won silver medals in boys 110m hurdles.
- Abigail Arokianathan (Silver in girls 400m hurdles)
Other Indian medallists:
Junior girls: Nanhi (400mH, 1:02.06s)Punitha Ramasamy (gold, long jump, 5.95m), Ajay (gold, discus throw, 50.11m), Ashish Bhalothia (bronze, discus throw, 46.52m), Pragyan Sahu (silver, 100m hurdles, 14.98s), Chaitrali Gujar (silver, 100m, 12.24s), Subha Venkatesan (silver, 400m, 55.18s), Rachna Gujar (bronze, 400m, 55.70s), Poonam Sonune (silver, 1500m, 4:36.65), Abigail Arokianathan (silver, 400m hurdles 1:02.45s), Abhinaya sudhakara Shetty (bronze, high jump, 1.69m), silver in 4x400m
Junior boys: Ashish Bhalothia (gold shot put, 18.53m, NMR, OMR, 17.89m Shakti Solanki), Sahib Singh (silver. shot but. 17.75m) Gurjeet Singh (silver, high jump, 2.00m), Rishabh Rishiwar (silver, long jump, 7.43m), Kunal Choudhary (gold, 110m hurdles, 14.50s), Mohammed Fias (silver, 110m hurdles, 14.55s), Prajwal Ravi (gold, 100m, 10.81s), Akash Kumar (bronze, 100m, 10.89s), Ankit (gold, 1500m, 3:51.52), Ajit Kumar (3:53.45, Aman (silver, 400mH, 52.56s BMR, OMR 52.91s Jithin Paul in 2007), Dhval Mahesh U (53.35s), silver in 4x400m, Nithin S Balakumar (silver, 200m, 21.63s), Alkash kumar (bornze 200m, 21.86m).
Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal and Bhutan were other competitors who participated in the championship along with India, Pakistan ans host Srilanka. Bangladesh won two bronze medals, Maldives one bronze.