U20 World Athletics: Indian long jumper Shaili Singh creates history, wins silver in the women’s long jump

U20 World Athletics: Indian long jumper Shaili Singh creates history, wins silver in the women’s long jump
U20 World Athletics: Indian long jumper Shaili Singh creates history, wins silver in the women’s long jump

U20 World Athletics – Shaili Singh Wins Silver: Indian long jumper Shaili Singh won silver in the women’s long jump with a personal best of 6.59m at the World U20 championships on the final day of the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday.

17-year-old Shaili Singh, who trains at the Anju Bobby George academy, won the silver in women’s long jump in Nairobi on Sunday.

India ended their campaign with a best ever medal haul of 2 silver and 1 bronze, though the country had won one gold each in the earlier two editions — by Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra (2016) and quartermiler Hima Das (2018).

She missed out on the gold medal by a centimetre to Sweden’s Maja Askag, the junior European champion.

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U20 World Athletics: Indian long jumper Shaili Singh creates history, wins silver in the women’s long jump

U20 World Athletics – Shaili Singh Wins Silver: A protege of legendary long jumper Anju Bobby George, Shaili was leading at the end of the third round but the 18-year-old Swede overtook her in the fourth round by a mere 1cm which proved to be decisive in the end.

Mariia Horielova of Ukraine took the bronze with a best jump of 6.50m.

U20 World Athletics – India’ Record Haul: India ended their campaign with a best ever medal haul of 2 silver and 1 bronze, though the country had won one gold each in the earlier two editions — by Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra (2016) and quartermiler Hima Das (2018).

– The mixed 4x400m relay quartet and

– 10,000m race walker Amit Khatri had earlier won a bronze and a silver respectively in this championships.

U20 World Athletics – Shaili Singh Wins Silver: Shaili began brightly with a 6.34m and repeated the same distance next before her best effort in the third round. Her next two attempts were fouls and she could not get past the 6.60m in her final jump and the youngster seemed to be distraught at missing a gold and chance to create history.

Shaili, considered one of the brightest upcoming stars in Indian athletics, had topped the qualification round on Friday with a best jump of 6.40m.

The Jhansi-born athlete, who was raised by a single mother who worked as a tailor, currently trains at the academy of Anju Bobby George in Bengaluru. She is coached by Anju’s husband Bobby George.

She had won the women’s long jump event at the National (Senior) Inter-State Championships in June with an effort of 6.48m, her previous personal best. She is the current U-18 world No. 2 and U-20 national record holder.

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