World Athletics U20 Championships: India’s Amit Khatri scripts history, wins silver in the men’s 10,000m Race Walk

World Athletics U20 Championships: Amit Khatri of India on Saturday scripted history by winning 10000m Race Walk with a time of 42:17.94 at the World Athletics U20 in Nairobi. He will rue the decision to go for a drink just as the last lap was about to start. He looked great during his race before he was overtaken by Kenya’s Heristone Wanyonyi in the last two laps. The latter finished at 42:10:84 while Paul McGrath of Spain settled for bronze after clocking 42:31.11. This is the 1st time India has won a medal in Race Walking and 2 medals in a single edition of the Championships.

“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 his performance as quoted by Indian express.

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World Athletics U20 Championships: India’s Amit Khatri scripts history, wins silver in the men’s 10,000m Race Walk

Notably, this is the second medal for India in this year’s event after bagging a bronze in the 4x400m mixed relay.

Overall, this is medal No 6 in the history U20 World Athletics Championships for India. Second silver after Seema (Discus) in 2004. Neeraj Chopra and Hima Das have won gold. 

Earlier in January, Khatru had continued the trend to script new records at the Junior Federation Cup where he had dominated the 10000m race walk. The 17-year-old had finished the race in just 40 minutes and 40.97 seconds, improving the previous record by nearly half of a minute. It was also three minutes quicker than his previous best at National Youth Championship 2019.

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World Athletics U20 Championships: India’s Amit Khatri scripts history, wins silver in the men’s 10,000m Race Walk

The Indian quartet which consisted of Bharat Sridhar, Priya Mohan, Summy and Kapil finished third behind Nigeria and Poland with a timing of 3:20.60 seconds. The Indians bettered their heats time in the final. Notably, this was also the mixed event’s debut at the U20 Worlds.

Meanwhile, National U20 record holder Shaili Singh was one of three women long jumper who secured automatic qualification, set at 6.35m, for the final when she leapt 6.40m on her third attempt on Friday.

She would have made the grade on the strength of her opening leap of 6.34m but chose to strain every sinew on her final attempt to gain the psychological edge going into Sunday’s final.

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(with ANI inputs)

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