Kamalraj and Nayana leaps to silver in Asian Indoors

Feb 3, Tehran: Day -3, the final day of the tournament was the best one for India as it notched up more medals in the jump events.

In Women’s Long Jump, Nayana James won the Silver with a leap of 6.08m behind Thi Tho Thao Bui of Vietnam (6.20m) who clinched the Gold. India’s Neena Varakil took the last medal spot with a jump of 6.06m. It was the same bunch who won medals in 22nd Asian Athletics Championships, where the Indian duo traded places with Neena clinching Silver (6.54m) and Nayana settled for a Bronze (6.42m), both behind the champion Thi Tho Bui (6.54m).

With the current season lined up with several high-profile events, it is seen as a solid start of the season for the duo who ended their last season with some strong performances like a 6.55m gold winning personal best jump in last year’s 21st Federation Cup for Nayana. Neena on the other hand ended the season as a champion at Open Nationals in Chennai with a leap of 6.35m.

In Men’s Triple Jump, Kanakaraj Kamalraj(16.23m) settles for Silver, missing out the Gold in a thin margin to Alsubaie Khaled(16.26m) of Kuwait. Iran’s Seddigh Vahid(15.96) took the last medal position. Kamalraj made his mark in the athletics arena at National Junior Athletics Championships held in Vijayawada last year with his personal best jump of 16.41m, easily shattering the qualification mark of 15.60m and booked his spot for the IAAF World U20 Championships 2018 to be held at Tampere, Finland in the month of July,2018.

Indian Medal Tally: ( 4 Silver, 2 Bronze )

Consolidated Indian Medal Tally:

Triple Jump Women:
Gold : Lrina Ektova (KAZ) 13.79m, Silver: Sheena Nellckal Varkey (IND) 13.37m, Bronze: Thi Thu Thao bui (VIE) 13.22m.

60m Men:
Gold: Taftian (IRN) 6.61s , Silver: Ogunode Tosinjoseph(QAT) 6.63s, Bornze: Kanadasan Elakkiyadasan (IND) 6.67s.

Shot Put Men:
Gold: Ali Samari(IRN) 19.42m, Silver: Tajinder Pal Shing Toor (IND) 19.18m Bronze: 18.81m

Long Jump Women:
Gold; Thi Tho Thao Bui (VIE) 6.20m, Silver: Nayana James (IND) 6.08m, Bronze: Neena Varakil (IND) 6.06m.

Triple Jump Men:
Gold: Alsubaie Khaled(KUW) 16.26, Silver: Kanakaraj Kamalraj (IND) 16.23, Bronze: Seddigh Vahid (IRN) 15.96m