Shaili Singh won silver medal in the women’s Long Jump at the World Athletics U20 Championships on Sunday. Her little wind-aided effort of 6.59m was only 1cm short of the trophy jump by Sweden’s Maja Askag, but her silver assured those Indian athletics continues to demonstrate its growth. On several occasions, he has smashed the junior national record.
Shaili Singh’s medal was India’s third medal at the World Athletics U20 Championships, following the bronze medal earned by the Mixed Team in the 4x400m relay and the silver won by Amit Khatri in the men’s 10,000m Race Walk. India has won a total of four medals in the World Athletics Junior Championships before this edition. India ended 21st on the medal table, knowing that a gold medal would have propelled it to the top 15.
After starting with two 6.34m leaps, Shaili Singh took the lead after three rounds when she jumped to 6.59m with the help of a small tailwind. Shaili, a protégé of famous long jumper Anju Bobby George, led at the end of the third round, but the 18-year-old Swede surpassed her in the fourth round by just 1cm, which proved pivotal in the future. The Indian tried hard but fouled two shots before regaining position with a 6.37m on her final effort. Ukraine’s Mariia Horielova won bronze with a best leap of 6.50m.
Earlier, Donald Makirmairaj was in trophy position when he logged in 15.70m on his second try but was soon crowded out of stage reckoning. He fought back with a private best leap of 15.82m on his fifth attempt, 6cm, quite his previous best. Jumping into a small headwind, he finished just 3cm in need of Frenchman Simon Gore’s trophy-winning effort.