Athletics U20 Championships: India’s daughter Shelly Singh makes history, wins silver in long jump


17-year-old Shelly Singh has made history at the Under-20 World Athletics Championships. Emerging long jump athlete and veteran Anju Bobby George took the silver medal with a jump of 6.59 meters. The style missed out on the gold medal by just one centimeter.

World Athletics U20 Championships

In fact, Shelley has now become the first Indian athlete to win a medal in the long jump in the history of the Under-20 World Athletics Championships. Shelley made it to the finals with a jump of 6.40 meters in the qualification and finished first in both her groups.

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Sweden’s Aksag has won the gold medal by jumping one meter more than him. Ukraine’s Maria Horilova won the bronze medal in the 6.50m jump.

World Athletics U20 Championships
World Athletics U20 Championships

In this competition, 18-year-old Maja Askag of Sweden won gold in Group A with 6.60 meters and Maria Horilova of Ukraine (6.50 meters) won bronze.

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It may be mentioned that Shelley jumped 6.34 meters in the first and second attempt of the women’s long jump final. In the third attempt, he jumped 6.59 meters. Although his fourth and fifth attempts were fouled, he covered a distance of 6.37 meters in the last attempt.

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