Esow Alben Current Affairs - 2020

India win historic gold at 2019 Junior Track World Cycling Championship

Indian men’s cyclist team created history by clinching the Team Sprint gold medal at World Junior Track Cycling Championships in Frankfurt, Germany. The team comprised of Esow Alben, Ronaldo Singh, James Singh and Rojit Singh. This is India’s 1st-ever gold in a global cycling competition.

Key Highlights

This is India’s historic 1st gold win at a world cycling event, senior or junior.

In first round of men’s team sprint, India clocked fastest time at 44.764 seconds, beating China’s time of 46.248s.

To claim the top honours, Indian cyclist team defeated Australia in final, clocking 44.681 seconds in gold medal race. Great Britain took bronze home.

Currently, the Indian men’s junior team is ranked No. 2, behind Malaysia

In individual Men’s Keirin Event at World Junior Track Cycling Championships in Frankfurt, Esow Alben of India won bronze medal by finishing behind Greece’s Konstantinos Livanos who won gold and Australia’s Sam Gallagher who won silver.

Esow Alben: At present, Esow Alben, the cycling star from Andaman and Nicobar Islands is top-ranked junior cyclist in world in sprint and keirin events. In 2018, he had become 1st Indian to win a medal at the Junior Track Cycling World Championships when he won silver in men’s Keirin event.

Esow Alben: Teen cyclist creates history by winning India’s first ever medal at world level

Indian Teen cyclist Esow Alben (17) created history by winning the country’s maiden medal in track cycling at the world level. He achieved this feat by winning silver medal in Men’s Keirin event of UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships held in Aigle, Switzerland. In the final sprint of this event, Esow finished just 0.017 seconds behind gold medallist Jakub Stastny (Czech Republic).

Esow Alben

Esow hails from Andaman and Nicobar. He is currently ranked world No. 1 in junior sprint category of cycling after sensational run in Asian Championships and victories in 2018 Cottbuser Sprint Cup 2, GP Brno Track Cycling competitions. This makes him first Indian to reach the top spot in cycling. He is also ranked world no. 3 in keirin event of cycling, where cyclists sprint for victory on track following controlled start. Esow had won hat-trick of gold medals at 2018 Asian Track Cycling Championships in Malaysia. In this event, he had won gold medals in individual and team event. He trains in Delhi at Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) National Cycling Academy.