Western Railway hails Asiad silver winning athlete Varakil

Neena Varakil is employed as a ticket checker in the Rajkot division of the Western Railway.

India's Neena Varakil competes in the final of the women's long jump athletics event during the 2018 Asian Games.   -  AFP

The Western Railway (WR) is proud of the achievement of its employee Neena Varakil, who won the silver medal in the women’s long jump event at the ongoing Asian Games in Indonesia.

Varakil, employed as a ticket checker (TC) in the Rajkot division of the WR, came second in the women’s long jump event held at the Asian Games in Jakarta yesterday.

She joined the Railways on February 17, 2012, an official said.

“Neena has made the country as well the Rajkot division proud by winning the silver medal in the Asian Games,” P B Ninawe, Division Railway Manager (DRM) of the Rajkot division, said today.

“Neena is a very talented athlete and she has won medals at the national and international events. She won a gold and two silver medals in the Asian Grand Prix Athlete Meet held in China last year,” Ninawe said.

Varakil’s best jump of 6.51m helped her fetch silver.

Vietnam girl Thi Thu Thao Bui won the gold with best jump of 6.55, while bronze went to China’s Xiaoling Xu whose best attempt was 6.50.