Shaili Singh makes the final of the World Athletics U20 Championships in the long jump

Shaili Singh

Shaili Singh

Shaili Singh qualified for the final of the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi in the Women's Long Jump. Shaili's best of 6.40m, which she achieved on her third attempt, beat the automatic qualifying mark of 6.35m. The final will take place on Sunday.Maja Askag, a Swedish 18-year-old who won the European U-20 title last month, qualified second overall after winning Group A with a best leap of 6.39m.

This season, Lissandra Maysa Campos (6.36m), Shantae Foreman (6.27m), and Mariia Horielova (6.24m) of Ukraine, who qualified third, fourth, and fifth, respectively, have all jumped over 6.40m.This year, she is the under-18 World No. 2, the under-20 Indian record holder, and the women's national champion. The 17-year-old is the fifth-best jumper in the Worlds' entry list, with a 6.48m jump in the inter-State Nationals in June, but she is capable of much more.Indian athletes have only won two gold medals at the under-20 World Championships, both in the previous two editions, thanks to javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra (2016) and quartermiler Hima Das (2018).




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