India retain overall title; pocket 50 medals at South Asian Junior Athletics Championships

Indian junior athletes clinched overall title in the 3rd South Asian Junior Athletics Championships (SAJAC) which concluded at Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo on 06 May 2018. At the end of two-day meet, they bagged 20 gold, 22 silver and eight bronze medals to put India on top of the medals table.

Hosts Sri Lanka (12-10-19) and Pakistan (0-1-1) took second and third positions. Bangladesh (two bronze medals), Maldives (one bronze medal), Nepal, Bhutan were the other competing countries. Indians also created new meet records in the men’s long jump, triple jump, women’s triple jump, 100m hurdles, javelin throw and 1500m events.

Kamalraj Kanagraj set new meet record in boys triple jump with a leap of 16.05m. The old record was 15.96m while Ashutosh Chouhan (15.37m) made it 1-2 for India. In girls event, Priyadarshini Suresh set a new meet record in triple jump with a distance of 12.90m while in javelin throw Sanjana Choudhary (48.08) also set a meet record.

Arshdeep Singh provided India the first gold medal on the first day in the junior boy’s javelin throw event with an effort of 71.47m, a new meet record. Sri Lankan duo of Prasanna Ranawaka (61.71m) and Anjana Fonseka (60.47m) won silver and bronze respectively. Kerala athletes Mohammed Fias and Abigail Arokianathan brought home silver medals in boys 110m hurdles and girls 400m hurdles, respectively. Lokesh Sathyanathan (7.74m) won the gold for India in the long jump final while in 100m hurdles Sapna Kumari bagged the gold with a timing of 14.19s. Durga Deore clocked 4:31.38 in 1500m to add one more gold to India’s tally.

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