U20 World Athletic Championship: Amit Bags Silver Medal In 10km Race Walk

 - Sakshi Post

The Olympic gold medalist, Neeraj Chopra, congratulated India's race walker Amit for winning silver at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi on Saturday. With a time of 42 minutes 17.94 seconds, the 17-year-old took silver in the men's 10,000m race walk at the World Athletics U20 Championships.

"Congratulations Amit bhai for your wonderful performance!," tweeted Neeraj Chopra, responding to a post by the Athletics Federation of India

Amit came in second against Kenya's Heristone Wanyonyi, who won gold with a time of 42:10.84. Wanyonyi overtook the Indian teenager in the last lap after he had dominated the race for the majority of it. With a time of 42:26.11, Spain's Paul McGrath brought home the bronze medal.

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"Breathing was a problem for me because of the high altitude," Amit said after the race.

This was the first time an Indian had won a medal in race walking, and the country had also won two medals in a single edition of the event.

Earlier this week, the mixed 4x400m relay team earned bronze.


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