On the occasion of National Youth Day, we are congratulating the youth who won medals and awards in sports.
It will not be wrong if we say 2021 was a year of Indians winning medals, breaking records, and scripting history! From Neeraj Chopra to Mirabai Chanu, there were a lot of athletes and sportspersons who made the country proud. Hence, taking National Youth Day, 2022 as a golden opportunity, we are here to talk about the youth, who won medals and awards in sports at various events recently. Take a look with us!
1. Jeremy Lalrinnunga gets Gold at Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships
Jeremy Lalrinnunga, the 19-year-old from Aizwal, bagged Gold in the men's 67 kg category in the Commonwealth Weightlifting 2021 in Tashkent. He created a new national record by lifting 305 kg at the event that got him the medal. Jeremy had also lifted 306 kg in a 2019-event. No doubt, why the country is proud of this teenager!
2. Avani Prashanth wins 'Global Child Prodigy Award 2022'
For excellence in playing Golf, the 15-year-old Avani Prashanth from Bengaluru recently won the Global Child Prodigy Award in 2022. She had been playing the sport since she was just four years old but played for the first time at the US Kids Golf European Championship in Scotland in 2013. The award is set to be given in Dubai in 2022.
3. Mahesh Rathore gets a Gold medal in wrestling at the U-15 National Championship
Mahesh Rathore, a 15-year-old wrestler from Delapur town near Indore, received a Gold medal at the U-15 National Championship held in Ranchi. Mahesh won the medal in the 68 kg Greco-Roman finals and won with 10-7 against his competitor. Coincidentally, the day, December 16 was also the day when his mother had died in 2020 due to COVID-19. Hence, Mahesh dedicated the medal to his mother.
4. Aditya Kumaran becomes first Indian to get Silver in Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals
The 18-year-old Kyle Aditya Kumaran won Silver in the Rotax Max Challenge, which is the annual Karting competition for Rotax National Champions, at the Bahrain International Circuit. The native of Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, had participated in the DD2 Shifter Class and became the runner-up in the 36-Grid Grand Final. With this, he also became the first Indian to finish on the podium at the Bahrain International Circuit.
5. Kidambi Srikanth becomes first Indian man to get Silver in BWF World Championship
The 29-year-old shuttler from Ravulapalem, Andhra Pradesh, Kidambi Srikanth, became the first Indian man to get a Silver at BWF World Championship in a high-octane final bout 21-15, 22-20, which lasted for 43 minutes. In addition, Kidambi has also created a record for being the first Indian to enter the finale of the men's single category of the Championship.
6. Nitesh Kumar gets double Gold in Fourth Para-Badminton National Championship
Nitesh Kumar, the 24-year-old shuttler from Haryana, made the nation proud as he bagged double Gold in the Fourth Para-Badminton National Championship. He won one medal in Men's SI3 category and secured another Gold medal along with Tarun Dhillon as they both defeated Pramod Bhagat and Manoj Sarkar with 21-19, 21-11.
7. Weightlifter Ajay Singh wins Gold at Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships
The 24-year-old weightlifter Ajay Singh secured a Gold medal at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship by winning the men's 81 kg category. He lifted a total of 322 kg of weight while also creating a national record by lifting 147 kg. After the win, he directly got qualified for Commonwealth Games, which will be held in 2022.
Even though we end the list here, there are a lot of sportspersons who have made India proud on the national and international platforms. We wish them, all the best!