Who is the future of Indian athletics? Meet the stars of the next generation

By Vishank Razdan

Seven coming of age Track and Field athletes you will be hearing quite in lot in future.

Indian athletics has been taking giant leaps in the recent past with the consistent efforts of athletes and honest efforts of Athletics Federation of India. Neeraj Chopra’s (who himself is just 20) rise has been a significant factor in this new injection of energy and many athletes in the junior circuit have idolized him as their role model and are on their way to follow a similar path.

Here we look at few track and field athletes in their teens but are certainly going to make it big in coming future.


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Murali Sreeshankar

Surely few of us remember this 19 year lad from 2018 Asian Games Long Jump finals screaming into the camera that “I’ll be back�. Cut to one month later, there he was with the coveted National Open Athletics title with a mind blowing leap of 8.20 meters. On a genetic front, it cannot get better for him.

His father and coach, S Murali, himself represented India in Triple Jump and his mother K Bijimol was a middle distance runner. He has shown a lot of promise and 2018 has proven to be a landmark year for him despite appendix operation earlier this year.


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Tejaswin Shankar

Tejaswin, current Indian National record holder in High Jump at 2.29 meters, has had a career which has seen ups and downs. He is one of the most talented athletes in the fray but his career has been plagued with lot of injuries.

However, this year, he got most of the things right. He smashed his own National Record from 2016 in Fed cup 2018 with a jump of 2.28 meters to book a ticket to 2018 Commonwealth games where he finished 6th. But, his real shot to fame this season was winning the prestigious NCAA title representing K-state University where he is pursuing Business administration studies. He has vowed to come back strong in 2019 and we cannot wait to see him go.

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Hima Das

How often do we attach sprinting montage against the name of an Indian athlete? The current Indian national record holder in 400 meters for women has already become a household name, however those who follow the sports know that there is a lot more to come. The Junior World champion blew the long standing National Record of Manjeet Kaur in just her first year of competition in 400 meters.

Do we need to say more? Just watch her out as she aims for global glory next year.


Ashish Jakhar

Ashish Jakhar, has been a consistent performer in the junior circuit in Hammer Throw. He has won couple of gold medals at the Asian Junior championships in 2016 and in 2018. However, his rise in 2018 has been quite appreciable.

The 19 year old boy from Haryana has been consistently throwing around 75 meters with the 6 kg ball and he will be raring to go with the 7.26 kg ball (used for senior competitions) come next season. Hopefully, his transition is one to savor.

Sahil Silwal

Javelin Throw in India is becoming popular by the day and many athletes at junior level are taking up the sport. 17 year old Sahil Silwal’s, (who between earlier took Discus Throw) performances with the spear this year have been par excellent for an athlete of his age and the fact that this being his first year of competition in Javelin Throw makes it that more astonishing. He has been world no. 3 this year in U-20 age category with a Personal Best of 75.38 meters. 2019 can prove to be his career defining year.


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Anjali Devi

Anjali Devi was not going to make this list had this piece been written like a month ago. But at the 2018 National Open Athletics Championships, the 20 year old athlete from Haryana smashed the Championships record in 400 meters for women with a magnificent timing of 51.79 seconds, which places her 10th on the all-time list among Indian athletes. This timing is more of a statement as it sets a foundation for a very strong quartet in 4 × 400 metres relay and we can possibly target global medals in relays.

Nisar Ahmad

16 year old Nisar Ahmad from Delhi was one of the picks of the Khelo India school games 2018, where he clocked a brilliant 10.76 seconds. He is one of the few raw talents which if nurtured properly can bring us global glory. Just that we don’t need to overburden him and guide him in the right way. Currently, he will be representing India at 2018 Youth Olympics in 200 meters which will be his first real test of his nerves on big stage.


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