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4th Commonwealth Youth Games
Douglas, Isle of Man – 12 September 2011
Navtejdeep gave a golden shot to India on grand Sunday
When most of the Indians retired to bed on Sunday night, one young boy had some serious business on the British isle!
India’s Navtejdeep Singh was busy on the shot put circle and looking at his compatriots curiously. There were nine athletes present, including Singh, some of them with international exposure and others on their first outing. For Navtej, it was a second voyage, after his first sortie to France to take part in the World Youth Championships at Lille. The field in Douglas include two WYC finalists—Hezekiel Romeo of Trinidad & Tobago as well as South African Ruan Combrinck.
Entered in to the ring with the 5 Kg iron ball on hand Navtej set his eyes straight on the throwing arena which marked with dents made of the previous landing of the shots. He closed his eyes and murmured ‘satguru ji kirpa karna ji’ while inhaling plenty of oxygen which filled his body happily. Thereafter he rotated swiftly and delivered the ball to the horizon which landed at 18.81m, a mark which could have put him in the WYC final two months ago but did not materialise at that time. However it was enough for the Indian to fetch the gold medal to his country here.
The South African settled for the silver in 18.57 whereas Romeo tossed 17.97m to take the bronze.
With Navtej’s win Indian athletes finished their CYG outing with 2 gold and 1 bronze medals as the other two came from 400m hurdler Durgesh Kumar Pal (gold) and discus thrower Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze).
/ Ram. Murali Krishnan /
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