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Karamjyoti Dala wins bronze medal at World Para Athletics

India’s Karamjyoti Dalal has won bronze medal at the World Para Athletics Championships 2017 in the discus-throw. In the women’s F55 category of discus-throw, she managed a throw of 19.02 m.

Earlier, Sundar Singh Gurjar had opened India’s account at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships by winning gold medal in the men’s javelin throw event. Later, Amit Saroha won silver medal in the club throw event in the F-51 category.

Karamjyoti Dala

Karamjyoti Dala was originally a part of the national Kabaddi setup. But she had to give up the sport after she took a fall from her terrace, that resulted in her losing her motor sensations for a year. But she took up discus throw in 2014. Since then her performance has gone from being unranked in the top-10 in the world. Currently she is ranked World No.8. She had secured a fourth-place finish at the IPC Para-athletics championships in 2015. She had won two bronze medals at the 2014 Asian Games held in Beijing, China.

About World Para Athletics Championships

The World Para Athletics Championships are a biennial Paralympic athletics event organized by World Para Athletics, a subcommittee of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Prior to 2017, it was known as the IPC Athletics World Championships. It features athletics events contested by athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities. The first IPC Athletics World Championships were held in Berlin, Germany in 1994.

 

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National Youth Athletics Meet: Haryana is Champion

Haryana emerged champion beating Kerala at the National Youth Athletics Meet. Kerala was at the top place for the last five years. Haryana emerged champions with 166.5 points. Kerala has finished as the runners-up. However, Kerala managed to retain the team crown for girls while Haryana boys topped and won the boys’ title.

At the meet, Rohit Yadav improved his personal best in javelin throw and has a set a new meet record. Pole vaulter Nivya Antony of Kerala equaled her national youth record set at Coimbatore during the junior nationals.

The National youth athletics championships were held at the GMC Balayogi Athletics Stadium, Gachibowli, from April 21 to 23. The meet saw the participation of about 505 athletes.

The National youth athletics meet assumes importance as it was a selection meet for selecting Indian teams to participate in the Asian Championships in May in Bangkok and the World Youth Championships in Nairobi in July. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) had requested the Director, Anti Doping Agency to depute technical delegates and officials for the conduct of the meet and to prevent misuse of banned substances.

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