Quarter-miler Jisna, triple jumper Kamalraj in team for Asian Junior Championships

AFI Media
23 May 2018

New Delhi. Quarter miler Jisna Mathew, triple jumper Kamalraj Kanagraj, shot putter Ashish Bhalothia and Ashish Jhakhar are some of the top names in the 51-member Indian contingent selected for 18th Asian Junior Athletics Championships to be held at Gifu, Japan from 7-10 June 2018.

The Indian team consists of 30 junior men and 21 junior women athletes.

Having finished overall third with 17 medals that included seven gold, four silver and six bronze medals at the last edition of the championships in Vietnam two years ago, India is hopeful of improving its ranking this year as a result of rising number of talented athletes at junior level.

“We have a good number of upcoming junior athletes. A lot of these juniors are part of our core group and they train in senior camps. Sreeshankar, Jisna and Kamalraj have also competed at senior level and performed well. We are expecting a good show from our athletes in Gifu,” said CK Valson, Secretary AFI.

Jisna Mathew, a PT Usha trainee with a personal best of 52.65s, has won a senior Asian championships bronze medal and represented India at the IAAF World championships in 2017. She was also part of the Indian women’s 4x400m relay team at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In triple jump Tamil Nadu’s Kamalraj with a personal best of 16.41 has emerged as one of the most promising junior athlete. At senior level, Kamalraj represented India at 2018 Asian Indoors in Iran earlier this year and bagged a silver medal with a jump of 16.23m.

Indian team:    

Junior Men-

1GurindervirSingh4x100m
2AkashKumar4x100m
3Prajwal Mandanna KakeraRavi4x100m
4NithinBalakumar4x100m
5SaneeshPadinjarekannampally Santhosh4x100m
6Gaurav--400m, 4x400m
7Nihal joelWilliam400m, 4x400m
8RajeshRamesh4x400m
9AyushDabas4x400m
10DevenderKumar4x400m
11Cibbin KumarStanley Sowmia Kumar4x400m
12AnuKumar800m
13SreekiranNandakumar800m
14Ankit--800m, 1500m
15AjeetKumar1500, 5000m
16Sreeshankar--Long jump
17KamalrajKanagarajTriple jump
18AshishBhalothiaShotput
19SahibSinghShotput
20AshishJakharHammer Throw
21DamneetsinghHammer Throw
22Gurpreet--5000m, 10000m
23Kartik kumar--10000 m
24Raghav--3000 m SC
25Sanjay Kumar--10k walk
26Juned--10k walk
27Kunnel RadhakrishnanGokulDecathlon
28VickyGoswami3000m SC
29Aman--400m hurdles
30LokeshSathyanathanLong jump

Junior Women-

1JisnaMathew400m, 4x400m
2Rachna--400m, 4x400m
3SubhaVenkatesan200m,400m, 4x400m
4Nidhi YogendraSingh4x400m
5SunilKumari4x400m
6SapnaKumari100m hurdles
7Abhinaya SudhakaraShettyHigh Jump
8GracenaGlistus MerlyHigh Jump
9KiranBaliyanShotput
10AnamikaDasShotput
11Arpandeep KaurBajwaDiscus Throw
12Durga PramodDeore800m, 1500m
13Poonam DinkarSonune3000m
14Seema--3000m
15Sumanrani5000m
16DhanushaManju RukminiHeptathlon
17Madhu--Heptathlon
18PriyadarshiniSureshTriple jump
19SandraBabuTriple jump
20KaruniyaMuthuramalingamDiscus Throw
21DeepanshiSinghLong Jump