Neeraj Chopra and PT Usha praise Amit Khatri for winning silver in World Athletics U20 C’ship

Amit Khatri of India wins silver in the 10,000m race walk at World Athletics U20 Championships
Amit Khatri of India wins silver in the 10,000m race walk at World Athletics U20 Championships

The Indian athletics community, led by track and field icon PT Usha and Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra, congratulated racewalker Amit Khatri on his silver medal in the 10,000m race walking event at the present World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi.

Amit completed the feat in 42 minutes 17.94 seconds, while Kenya’s Heristone Wanyonyi won the gold with a time of 42.10.84. This was India’s second medal in the showcase event, following a bronze in Wednesday’s 4x400m mixed relay team event.

“Amit, congratulations on your medal win. A strong effort that earned us our second medal. Continue to work diligently. Wishing you continued success in all your endeavours! Salute to India, “PT Usha sent a tweet.

“Congratulations, Amit Bhai [brother], on a job well done! Continue to deliver these outstanding results for the country in the future (in Hindi) “Neeraj Chopra wrote.

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India has never won a medal in race walking and has never won two medals in a single edition of the Championships.

With a time of 3:20.60 seconds, the Indian quartet of Bharat Sridhar, Priya Mohan, Summy, and Kapil finished third behind Nigeria and Poland in the mixed relay 4x400m event. In the final, the Indians improved on their heat times. Notably, this was also the debut of the mixed event at the U20 World Championships.

Meanwhile, Shaili Singh, the National U20 record holder, was one of three women long jumpers who qualified automatically for the final by leaping 6.40m on her third attempt on Friday. She would have qualified based on her opening leap of 6.34m, but elected to strain every sinew on her final effort in order to acquire a psychological advantage heading into Sunday’s final.

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