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India conclude Asian Track Cycling Championships 2024 with impressive performance

- February 27, 2024
India conclude Asian Track Cycling Championships 2024 with impressive performance

India conclude Asian Track Cycling Championships 2024 with impressive performance

Report: jagjeet Singh 

India wrapped up its campaign at the 43rd Senior, 30th Junior, and 12th Para Asian Track Cycling Championships with a commendable display of talent and determination, securing a total of 9 Gold, 6 Silver, and 3 Bronze medals out of which 8 Gold and 4 Silver were won by Para Cyclists. The championships, held in New Delhi, witnessed intense competition among athletes from across the continent, showcasing the growing prowess of Indian cyclists on the international stage.

Malaysia topped the medal tally with 19 Gold, 11 Silver & 7 Bronze medals (17G, 7S and 2 Bronze were won by Para Cyclists) followed by Japan 17Gold, 5 Silver & 2 Bronze & Korea 9 Gold, 8 Silver, 6 Bronze.

 

On the final day of the championships, India added to its medal tally with a Silver medal, further highlighting the nation’s rising prominence in the sport. The last day of the Asian Track Cycling Championship 2024 ended with India’s Harshita Jakhar producing a terrific performance winning a historic bronze medal in the Madison event of women junior category.

 

Harshita Jakhar, the show stopper hogged the limelight in the Madison event and earned the Bronze. This marked her second individual medal and third overall for the team in the championship. Earlier, she had won silver medal in Individual Pursuit and bronze medal in Team pursuit events. On Monday, Harshita Jakhar & Dhanyadha JP gave a tough fight to Korean experienced riders Yeeun BAE & Harang Hong but finished with a bronze. Gold was won by Kazakhstan’s Aruzhan Rakhmzhan & Mariya Yelkina. In Madison event riders have to pedalled the cycles to 60 laps for 15km and they have to give their best in 6 sprints in the event.

 

 

Harshita’s father Rakesh Kumar said, “I’m very happy and lucky to see that my daughter is winning the medals on the same track where ever I performed. Infact she defetaed me today and there is no other greater day than this for a proud father. She won 3 medals for the India and this is just start of her career. I’m sure that she will win many more medals in the upcoming championships.”

 

 

Meanwhile, Indian rider Ronaldo Laitonjam demonstrated his prowess in the 1km Time Trial event, finishing in a creditable 5th place. Despite stiff competition, Ronaldo showcased his speed and determination, clocking a commendable time of 1:02.617s.

 

Additionally, Harshveer Singh Sekhon showcased remarkable resilience in the Men’s Senior Omnium Race, overcoming an injury to finish in a creditable 12th place. His determination and dedication exemplified the spirit of Indian cyclists competing on the global stage.

 

Reflecting on India’s performance, Maninder Pal Singh, General Secretary of Cycling Federation of India, expressed his delight at the team’s achievements. He said that “We started off as the underdogs but we performed more than what was expected from us. Our Junior Team & Para Athletes really did well. He further added that Cycling Federation of India is on right track and very soon we will excel in Senior category as well. You can see that our athletes are getting benefits of organising such International tournaments regularly and I’m happy with the commendable show of our athletes and in the upcoming champiships, I’m confident that our athletes will surely give a tough fight to opponents.”.

 

With the conclusion of the championships, India has demonstrated its growing presence and competitiveness in the world of track cycling. As the nation looks ahead to future competitions, the Cycling Federation of India remains committed to nurturing and supporting its athletes, ensuring continued success on the global stage.