17-year-old lad Suraj Panwar has won India’s first medal of 2018 in athletics in the Youth Olympics as he clinched silver in men's 5000 meters race walk. Panwar's total time was 40.59.17, which was seven seconds short of 40.51.86, while the bronze medal went to Puerto Rico’s Jan Moreu.
In the new format of the Youth Olympics, there were two rounds conducted for every sport and the results of both were counted in the finals. Panwar came 2nd in the first stage of the event as China's Xin Wang was disqualified as of lane infringement. Completing the race in the second position, Panwar was pushed to the top as he created
Suraj Panwar won India's first athletics medal of #BuenosAires2018 by claiming silver in the men's 5000m race walk— IAAF (@iaaforg) 16 October 2018
He hopes that it will inspire the youth of India to strive hard to win a medal for their country too 🇮🇳 💫
Recap: https://t.co/ZU6FwmSJ4N pic.twitter.com/kKwXgzfFlG
Panwar on winning said, “ It’s a great feeling. I am very happy to have won a medal. I have put in a lot of hard work for the game. It is my first medal for India. My next target is to better my performance here and win a medal in senior level also”.
Following the win, Suraj told IAAF, “My next step is to train for the Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and win a medal there as well.”
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