Arpinder Singh Becomes 1st Indian To Clinch A Medal In IAAF Continental Cup

| September 10 , 2018 , 13:39 IST

Star athlete Arpinder Singh created history as he became the 1st Indian to win a medal in IAAF Continental Cup held in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Sunday.

Arpinder competed in triple jump event and clinched bronze medal as he covered a total distance of 16.59 metres during the event to finish at third place. He cleared 16.33 in his next three attempts to secure bronze.

The Indian athlete started with his medal-winning jump of 16.59 before posting jumps of 16.45m, 16.06m and 16.33m.

The 25-year-old Indian finished behind World Champion Christian Taylor (17.59m) and Hugues Fabrice Zango (17.02m) who won the gold and silver medals respectively.

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The boy from Amritsar won a gold medal in the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia by clocking a distance of 16.77m. His gold finish ended India’s 48-year wait for the medal at the Asian Games.

Arpinder Singh was representing the Asia-Pacific team in the meet, held once every four years.

The IAAF Continental Cup has competition in 37 events in men and women sections, with two top athletes from the four regions of Europe, Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific taking part in each of them.

In the events that followed, Mohammad Anas finished fifth in the 400m race with a time of 45.72 seconds while in the 3000m steeplechase, Sudha Singh finished last (eighth).

Neeraj Chopra, also failed as his best of 80.24 metres didn’t prove to be enough for a podium finish in javelin throw event.