Sports Minister Thakur Lauds Shaili’s ‘fabulous’ performance in Nairobi

New Delhi, August 23 (IANS) Union Minister Anurag Thakur has congratulated long jumper Shaili Singh on winning the silver medal at the U20 Athletics World Championships in Nairobi.

Shaili won a silver medal with a fantastic jump of 6.59 meters and was missing the gold medal by only 1 centimeter in the women’s long jump when the country ended its campaign in the championships in Nairobi on Sunday with two silver and one bronze medal.

“Shaili Singh has won a silver medal, which is good news for the country. I congratulate her on winning the silver medal for India. Her performance was fabulous. She missed the gold medal by 1 cm, but her performance was commendable. I wish her the best of luck with her future endeavors. This is a sign that our young athletes are doing well, ”said Thakur.

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

The mixed 4x400m relay quartet and 10,000m sprinter Amit Khatri had previously won bronze and silver in the championships.


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