New Delhi, (India): Javelin thrower Kunwar Ajai Raj Singh Rana and long jumper Shaili Singh will lead the Indian challenge in the World Athletics U20 Championships, to be held in Nairobi from August 17 to 22.
According to the Entry Lists released by World Athletics, Kunwar is third in men’s Javelin throw with a season’s best of 74.75m while Shaili is fifth in women’s Long Jump with 6.48m.
If Indian athletes can replicate their best form, they could be in the hunt to add to the medals won by Seema Antil (Discus Throw, 2002), Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (Discus Throw, 2014), Neeraj Chopra (Javelin Throw, 2016) and Hima Das (400m, 2018).
There are others like triple jumper Donald Makimaraj (sixth with 15.76m), shot putter Amandeep Singh Dhaliwal (eighth with 19.15m), Amit (third in 10,000m race walk), Priya H Mohan (seventh in 400m) and Ankita Dhyani (sixth in 5000m), who can do well for India in the championship.
Boys: Nalubothu Shanmuga Srinivas (200m), Anu Kumar (800m), Sunil Joliya Jinabhai (3000m steeplechase), Tejas Ashok Shirse (110m hurdles), Hardeep and Rohan Kamble (400m hurdles), Amit (10000m race walk), Amandeep Dhaliwal (shot put), Kunwer Ajai Singh Rana and Jay Kumar (javelin throw), Vipin Kumar (hammer throw), Donald Makimaraj (Triple Jump), Bharth S, Kapil, Abdul Razak, Sumit Chahal and Nagarjunan S (4x400m relay);
Girls: Priya H Mohan and Summy (400m), Pooja (800m and 1500m), Ankita Dhyani (5000m), Agasara (100m hurdles), Shaili Singh (long jump), Baljeet Bajwa (10000m race walk), Priya H Mohan, Summy, Payal Vohra,