U20 World Athletics Championships 2021: 17-year-old Shaili Singh, who trains at the Anju Bobby George academy, won the silver in women’s long jump in Nairobi on Sunday. She missed the gold medal by 0.1 cm after coming up with a new U20 national record of 6.59m.
Shaili Singh, a 17-year-old long jumper from Jhansi, won the silver medal in the Women’s Long Jump at the U20 World Athletics Championships in Nairobi on Sunday. Shaili Singh, who trains at the Anju Bobby George academy in Bengaluru, leap to a new U20 National Record of 6.59m to take the silver medal while 18-year-old Maja Askag of Sweden won the gold with a jump of 6.60m, one cm better than the Indian’s effort in a pulsating final.
Shaili Singh, who has broken the junior national record on multiple occasions, was at it again on Sunday. Coached by Bobby George, who was overseeing his ward from the stands, Shaili jumped 6.34m in her first two attempts, only to go beyond her previous personal best of 6.48m at the big final on Sunday. Notably, it was Bobby George who coached his wife, Anju to a world championships medal in 2005 in women’s long jump.
LONG JUMPER SHAILI SINGH WINS
A SILVER MEDAL with a jump of 6.59m
European Champion Maja Askag of Sweden takes home Gold with a leap of 6.60m, a centimetre better!
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) August 22, 2021
Shaili Singh was leading the competition until Maia Askag, the junior European champion, jumped 6.60m in her 4th attempt. Shaili was not able to better her best jump of 6.59m in her final two attempts. Notably, Askag had won the women’s triple jump gold at the U20 World Athletics Championships in Nairobi last week.
Marked by Anjou Bobby George as one of the brightest medal prospects for India at major events, 17-year-old Shaili proved her mentor right with a terrific show in Nairobi. Shaili had overcome several personal hurdles to make a mark at the international level. The junior national record holder was raised by a single mother who worked as a tailor.
Shaili’s silver was also India’s 3rd medal at the U20 World Athletics Championships in Nairobi.