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World Athletics U20 Day 4: Silver for Amit on international debut

Amit's silver is the second medal for India at this meet.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: August 21, 2021 9:12:04 pm
Amit, RacewalkThis is India's second medal at World Junior Championships after the 4x400 metre mixed relay bronze. (AFI)

India’s Amit Kumar bagged a silver medal when finished second in the men’s 10000 m race walk event of the World Athletics U20 Championships at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday, with a time of 42 minutes 17:94 seconds.

Amit’s silver is the second medal for India at this meet. On Wednesday, the Indian mixed relay team won a bronze medal. Hosts Haristone Wanyonyi won a rare gold with a time of 42:10.84s and Paul McGrath took home bronze in 42:31.11s.

The Indian overtook the Kenyan favourite only to concede the lead along with it the prospect gold medal when he went for a water-break with less than two laps remaining of the 25 lap event.

“As it’s (Nairobi almost 2000 metres) a high altitude so breathing problem for me. It was my first international competition and I won silver for India. I’m happy that at least I could fulfill the hopes of India,” said Amit after the performance.

The Rohtak lad is known for his record spree, as he set a new national record at the Junior Federation Cup this year with a time of 40:40.97s. In 2018, he set the U16 national record and in 2020 February he added the national U20 record under his belt.

Apart from Neeraj Chopra (javelin gold in 2012 in Poland), Hima Das (gold in women’s 400m at Ratina Stadium, Tampere, Finland in 2018), Seema Antil (bronze in women’s discus throw in 2002 Kingston edition) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in women’s discus throw in 2014 Eugene, USA) were the medal winners in the worlds.

Priya Mohan finishes fourth

Priya Mohan, in the women’s 400m final, came up with a respectable fourth place, when she clocked a personal best of 52,77s. The national champion in Senior Inter-State Athletics meet previous best was 53.29s.

The Bengaluru girl, 18, also played a key role in the bronze medal-winning Indian mixed relay team with a split time of 53.70s in heats and 52.77 in the final on Wednesday.

Imaobong Nse Uko (51.55s, Nigeria), Kornelia Lesiewicz (51.97s, Poland) and hosts Sylvia Chelangat (52.23s) completed the podium.

Baljeet finishes seventh

In the women’s 10000m race walk event, Baljeet Kaur took a creditable seventh place with a personal best of 48:58.17s. Initially, Baljeet was in the leaders group and slipped behind but shaved off 52 seconds from her earlier personal best of 49:50.71s.

The Indian men’s 4x400m relay team comprising Abdul Razak, Sumit Chahal, Kapil and Barath Sridhar failed to make the final grade but clocked a season’s best of 3:10:62s. In men’s 400m hurdles semifinals heats, Rohan Gautam Kamble fizzled out and was placed 18th among 24 rivals with a time of 52.88s.

On Sunday, the last day of the five-day meet, Donal Makimairaj in men’s triple jump, Shaili Singh in women’s long jump and the women’s 4x400m relay team will be seen in action in the finals.

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