Ajai Raj strikes gold with javelin, Tai runs to silver

Tai Bamhane runs to 1,500m silver; Both secure Youth Olympics berths.

India's Ajai (left) won the boys javelin throw gold at the Youth Olympic Games Asian area qualification athletics meet in Bangkok on Wednesday. His team-mate Vikas Yadav (right) won the bronze.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Punjab’s Ajai Raj Singh won the boys javelin throw gold with a personal best 76.13m while Maharashtra’s Tai Hiraman Bamhane took the girls 1500m silver on the opening day of the Youth Olympic Games’ Asian area qualification athletics meet in Bangkok on Wednesday.

The two also secured berths for the Youth Olympics which will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in October.

India also won two bronze medals through Maharashtra’s Vikas Yadav (boys javelin throw) and Kerala’s Aparna Roy (girls 100m hurdles) but both failed to get Youth Olympics spots.

NISAR DISAPPOINTS

Meanwhile, Delhi’s Nisar Ahmed, who finished fourth in the boys 100m ‘B’ final - 11.20s and 12 overall - missed the Buenos Aires bus. Asia had been allotted eight berths in the boys’ 100m and with only one athlete allowed from each country, Nisar - ninth in the list - failed to make the cut.

The 17-year-old had clocked an impressive 10.76s while winning the Khelo India School Games gold in Delhi in February.

The results (gold medallists and Indians, finals featuring Indians only):

Boys: 100m: 1. Yuhong He (Chn) 10.68s. Final B: 4. Nisar Ahmad (Ind) 11.20.

Javelin throw: 1. Ajai Raj Singh Kunwer (Ind) 76.13m, 3. Vikas Yadav (Ind) 68.65m. Discus throw: 1. Ahmad Saed (Qat) 61.28m; 5. Ikram Ali Khan (Ind) 54. .

Girls: 1500m: 1. Yuki Kanemitsu (Jpn) 4:24.21s, 2. Tai Hiraman Bamhane (Ind) 4:25.66. 100m hurdles: 1. Ting Wei Lin (Tpe) 13.63s, 3. Aparna Roy (Ind) 13.98. Triple jump: 1. K. Roksana (Uzb) 13.21s, 5. Sandra Babu (Ind) 12.53. 5000m walk: 1. Ricuo Xi (Chn) 23:44.39s, Roji Patel (Ind) DNF.

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