Youth Olympics: Triple jumper Praveen Chitravel clinches bronze

With a combines effort of 31.52m, Praveen won bronze despite a fifth place finish in stage 2.

Tamil Nadu triple jumper C. Praveen with his coach Indira Suresh. (File Photo)   -  Special Arrangement

Praveen Chitravel clinched men’s triple jump bronze to give India its second athletics medal at the ongoing Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.

Praveen cleared a distance of 15.68m to finish fifth in the Stage 2 competition Tuesday night but his good showing in Stage 1 where he was third with a jump of 15.84m took him to the podium with a combined effort of 31.52m.

In a new format, there are no finals in track and field (with the exception of 4km cross-country) in the Youth Olympics and each event is held twice, meaning results from both rounds are counted towards the final standings.

Alejandro Diaz of Cuba won the gold with a combined effort of 34.18m (17.14 + 17.04) while Emmeanuel Oritsemeyiwa (16.34 + 15.51) of Nigeria took the silver.

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This is India’s second athletics medal at the ongoing Games after Suraj Panwar clinched a silver in men’s 5000m race walk event on Monday. With three golds and eight silvers already in its bag, this is India’s 12th medal and first bronze at the Games.

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