AFI named 51-member team for 18th Asian Junior Athletics Championships

Vastavam web: Quartermiler Jisna Mathew and triple jumper Kamalraj Kanagraj will spearhead the Indian challenge in the 18th Asian Junior Athletics Championships to be held at Gifu, Japan from June 7-10.Shot putter Ashish Bhalothia and hammer thrower Ashish Jakhar are among the other top medal prospects named in the 51-member Indian team.The Indian team consists of 30 men and 21 women athletes.In the last edition of the championships in Vietnam two years ago, India finished overall third with 17 medals that included seven gold, four silver and six bronze.

India is hopeful of improving its medal tally this time.”We have a good number of upcoming junior athletes. A lot of these juniors are part of our core group and they train in senior camps. We are expecting a good show from our athletes in Gifu,” AFI Secretary C K Valson said.In triple jump, Tamil Nadu’s Kamalraj, with a personal best of 16.41m, has emerged as one of the most promising junior athletes in the country.