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8:45 PM This has been the most successful campaign for India at the World Athletics U-20 Championships. The Indian contingent will go back home with two silver and one bronze medal. Athletics is surely on the rise in the country!
8:42 PM That concludes all the action from the final day of the 2021 World Athletics U-20 Championships. Shaili Singh clinched a silver medal in the women’s long jump final. Donald Makimairaj and the Indian women’s relay team finished in 4th place, narrowly missing out on medals. Elsewhere, Ankita Dhyani faded away after a bright start in the women’s 5000m final.
8:35 PM Women’s 4x400m Relay Final: The Indian team finishes in 4th place. The girls record a season-best timing of 3:40.45. Commendable effort indeed! The podium places go to Nigeria, Jamaica and Italy.
8:28 PM Women’s 4x400m Relay Final: There are a total of eight teams in the final. The Indian team consists of Priya Mohan, Payal Vohra, Summy and Rajitha Kunja.
8:23 PM: The final event of the championships featuring Indian athletes will begin shortly. The Indian women’s U20 team will be competing in the women’s 4x400m relay final.
8:20 PM Women’s Long Jump Final: The gold medal goes to Maja Askag of Sweden. Shaili was just 0.1 cm short of the top position. Well played! The Indian athlete has a very bright future ahead of her.
8:15 PM Women’s Long Jump Final: India’s Shaili Singh wins a silver medal in the women’s long jump. Fantastic performance, we are proud of you!
8:10 PM Women’s Long Jump Final: Shaili Singh’s penultimate attempt is a foul attempt. She remains in second place, by just 1 cm.
8:00 PM Women’s 5000m Final: India’s Ankita Dhyani finishes in 8th place. She clocks a timing of 17:17.68.
7:55 PM Women’s Long Jump Final: After the end of the fourth round, Shaili Singh is in second place. Her fourth attempt was red-flagged. Maja Askag of Sweden is the leader after she records a personal-best 6.60m jump.
7:45 PM Women’s Long Jump Final: We are halfway through the final. India’s Shaili Singh is in the first position. Come on, more of the same, please!
7:32 PM Women’s Long Jump Final: This is truly remarkable! Shaili Singh responds under pressure. Remember she is just 17-years-old. The Indian athlete has just delivered a 6.59m jump with her third attempt, to jump back into the pole position.
7:28 PM Women’s Long Jump Final: The second round draws to a conclusion. Shaili Singh has dropped down to the fourth position. Ukraine’s Mariia Horielova is the surprise new leader, after a personal best 6.50m jump.
7:13 PM Women’s Long Jump Final: An identical jump from Shaili this time. She replicates her opening jump with another 6.34m jump. That will keep her in third place for now.
7:11 PM Women’s Long Jump Final: After the first round, India’s Shaili Singh is in third place. Tessy Ebosele is the current leader. All of that can change many times over the course of the contest.
7:08 PM Women’s Long Jump Final: There are a total of 12 athletes competing in the final. A total of six attempts, with the bottom four to be eliminated after the first three attempts. Maja Askag of Sweden and Spaniard Tessy Ebosele are the biggest threats for Shaili Singh.
7:00 PM Women’s Long Jump Final: India’s Shaili Singh with a solid start. She registers a distance of 6.34m with her first attempt.
6:55 PM Women’s Long Jump Final: Welcome back! We are all set for the women’s long jump final from the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.
6:10 PM Rejoin us for the eagerly anticipated women’s long jump final at around 6:45 PM. Indian sensation Shaili Singh will be competing in the final.
6:07 PM Men’s Triple Jump Final: Gabriel Wallmark of Sweden wins the men’s triple jump event. He sets a new national under 20 record on the way.
6:04 PM Men’s Triple Jump Final: Donald Makimairaj’s final attempt is a foul jump. Heartbreaking for the Indian athlete! He misses out on a medal by just 0.03 metres. That will hurt a lot, but it’s a brave performance from the young Indian.
5:58 PM Men’s Triple Jump Final: After the end of the fifth round, Donald Makimairaj is in fourth place. He is out of a podium place by just 0.03 metres. How heart-wrenching would that be! Can he change it with his final jump?
5:52 PM Men’s Triple Jump Final: Donald with a personal best jump of 15.82m with his penultimate effort. With that, he keeps his podium hopes alive. The Indian athlete is up to the 4th position now.
5:47 PM Men’s Triple Jump Final: No change in the position of Donald Makimairaj after the end of the fourth round. Can he deliver one big jump with his remaining two attempts?
5:42 PM Men’s Triple Jump Final: With his fourth attempt, Donald Makimairaj registers a distance of just 15.39m. Tame effort it must be said. The Indian athlete needs to up the ante with his final two attempts.
5:35 PM Men’s Triple Jump Final: We are halfway through the final. India’s Donald Makimairaj stays in the 5th position.
5:28 PM Men’s Triple Jump Final: Donald’s third attempt has been red flagged. Disappointing to say the least.
5:23 PM Men’s Triple Jump Final: After the end of the second round, India’s Donald Makimairaj is in the fifth place.
5:15 PM Men’s Triple Jump Final: Donald with a fantastic jump of 15.70m in his second attempt. He is up into the third position now. Keep going, lad!
5:10 PM Men’s Triple Jump Final: After the end of the first round, Donald is currently in the 6th position.
5:05 PM Men’s Triple Jump Final: Donald Makimairaj with a jump of 15.14m with his first attempt.
5:00 PM Men’s Triple Jump Final: There will be a total of six attempts. However, after the first three attempts, the bottom four will be eliminated.
4:55 PM Men’s Triple Jump Final: There will be a total of 11 participants in the final. India’s Donald Makimairaj has a personal best jump of 15.76m, which was set this season.
4:45 PM Donald Makimairaj will be the sole Indian representative in the men’s triple jump at the World U-20 Athletics Championships. The 19-year-old triple jumper has a season-best jump of 15.76m. He registered this at the National U-20 Championships earlier in 2021 in Sangrur.
The most anticipated event of the day at the World Athletics U-20 Championships is the women’s long jump final, as medal prospect Shaili Singh will be in action. The 17-year-old has started really well at the Kasarani Stadium as she topped the qualifications after coming up with a distance of 6.40m. Shaili announced herself with her first attempt in the qualifiers registering a solid 6.34m. However, her second attempt was not as good as the youngster could only manage 5.98m. It was her third jump that breached the automatic qualification mark as she registered 6.40m.
All eyes will be on her as the Indian fans will expect her to carry forward the tradition which was started by Neeraj Chopra in 2016 and carried forward by Hima Das in 2018. Both athletes won gold medals in their respective disciplines and Shaili will be expected to join them.
One of India’s most talented middle-distance runners Ankita Dhyani will represent India in the women’s 5000m. She is a junior national record holder and will now look to announce herself globally. The final event for Indian athletes will be the women’s 4x400m relay final. The women’s relay team consists of Priya Mohan, Summy, Payal Vohra, Deepanshi and Kunjha Rajitha. After missing out on the women’s 400m medal by a whisker, Mohan will be aiming for her second medal of the World Athletics U-20 Championships.
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya
Men’s triple jump (Donal Makimairaj) – 5:00 PM IST
Women’s long jump final (Shaili Singh) – 6:55 PM IST
Women’s 5000m (Ankita Dhyani) – 7:40 PM IST
4x400m Women’s Relay Final – 8:25 PM IST