New Delhi [India], August 22 (ANI): Sprint ace Hima Das praised Priya Mohan after the Indian athlete set a personal best of 52.77 seconds in the women’s 400 meter final of the U20 World Athletics Championships.
However, Priya was beaten on the podium by 0.54 seconds on Saturday by Kenyan Sylvia Chelangat. Priya’s time was an improvement on her previous best time of 53.29 seconds when she won the National Interstate Athletics Championships in Patiala on June 28.
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Hima called it a “great beginning” and said it was just a beginning and Priya still had a long way to go.
“Amazing finish by Priya Mohan with 52.77 seconds and 4th place in the # WorldAthleticsU20 women’s 400m final. Great start Priya, this is just a beginning and a long way,” tweeted Hima Das.
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The Indian Amit Khatri also bravely overcame his breathing difficulties and won the silver medal in the men’s 10,000 m race walk at the U20 World Athletics Championships.
It was India’s second medal in the championships after the 4 × 400 mixed relay won bronze on Wednesday.
Amit Khatri, who stayed in the top group for most of the time and took the lead at the 9000 m mark, finished with 42: 17.94 behind the Kenyan Heristone Wanyoni (41: 10.84).
His frequent visits to the refreshment table to fetch water – especially the last one with only a lap and a half to go – could have made him cover more distance and miss gold.
Amit, who separated the leader with Dmitri Durand (France) and Dmitry Wanyonyi (Authorized Neutral Athlete) with a strong pull, was satisfied with silver, as he had found the cool conditions and the thin air of Nairobi to be quite difficult.
“At some point in the race I couldn’t breathe properly, but I’m happy,” the Indian Athletics Association (AFI) quoted Amit as saying. (ANI)
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