Silver medal for Shaili Singh in Jr Women’s Long Jump

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Silver medal for Shaili Singh in Jr Women’s long jump with the best effort of 6.59 at world U20 athletics championships

Silver medal for Shaili Singh in Jr Women’s long jump with the best effort of 6.59 at world U20 athletics championships

Highly-talented long jumper Shaili Singh on Sunday (August 22) missed out on scripting history by a mere 1 cm as the Indian settled for a silver medal in the U-20 World Athletics Championships in Nairobi. The 17-year-old Indian’s personal best effort of 6.59m was not enough for the gold medal as she was pipped at the post by Sweden’s reigning European junior champion Maja Askag, who managed 6.60m for the top spot on the final day of the championships.

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 1 cm, which proved to be decisive in the end. Mariia Horielova of Ukraine took the bronze with a best jump of 6.50m

I could have jumped farther than the 6.59m and won the gold. My mother had told me about winning gold and the national anthem being sung in the stadium (but I could not do it),” an emotional Shaili said after the race.

“I am just 17, I want gold in the next U20 World Championships (in Cali, Colombia). There is also Asian Games and Commonwealth Games next year and I want to do well in those events

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