Meet Praveen, the 17-year-old farm labourer’s son who won India its only bronze at Youth Olympics 2018

first_imgPraveen Chitravel, a farm labourer’s son from Tamil Nadu, clinched a bronze medal in the men’s triple jump to give India its second athletics medal in the Youth Olympics that closed today in Buenos Aires.17-year-old Praveen cleared a distance of 15.68m to finish fifth in the Stage 2 competition on October 16 but his good showing in Stage 1, where he was third with a jump of 15.84m, took him to the podium with a combined effort of 31.52m.New format in Youth Olympics 2018In a new format, there are no finals in track and field, except for the 4km cross-country, in the Youth Olympics and each event is held twice, with results from both rounds counting towards the final standings.Gold and silver in athleticsAlejandro Diaz of Cuba won the gold with a combined effort of 34.18m (17.14m + 17.04m) while Emmeanuel Oritsemeyiwa (16.34m + 15.51m) of Nigeria took the silver.Praveen’s athletic trainingPraveen is a gold medallist, which he won at the inaugural Khelo India School Games this year Praveen Chitravel, right, gave India its second athletics medal at the Youth Olympic Games 2018. (Image: IOA)Praveen won a silver medal in the Junior National Championships in Coimbatore this year and Indira feels that he has the potential to reach the highest level and compete in the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympics in future.Praveen luckily met a mentor in Indira Suresh, an athletics coach at the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Boys in Chennai who is an employee of the Sports Development Authority of India, and she groomed him.advertisementHe now trains under Indira at Nagercoil”When Praveen was in Class VII at the CoE in Chennai, I spotted him and took him under me. When I was shifted to a college in Nagercoil, he also came to me and said he will train only under me. So, I got him admitted to my college,” Indira told PTI.”Not even Praveen, his younger brother also is training under me now,” she addedPraveen has the talent and he is very hardworkingHis father’s meagre income cannot support the cost of his training”I want to groom him as a national champion and then represent the country in the Asian Games and the Olympics,” she said.Praveen’s familyHe is from a very poor family in Thanjavur district, his father is a daily wage farm labourer and his mother is a housewifeHe has an elder sister and a younger brotherHe rarely goes home, and so his father comes to meet himHe now studies BA first year at a college in Mangalore, Karnataka, under the sports quota; but still trains at Nagercoil”Praveen goes to Mangalore only to appear for examinations as he gets exemption from the college to train at Nagercoil with me,” said Indira.”See you next at the Olympics!”Happy had a different feeling to it today, as an exuberant Praveen Chithravel spoke about his Bronze ?? win at #BuenosAires2018! His maiden international Medal will ignite a hundred more dreams, to be at the @Olympics! #IAmTeamIndia ?????? @tiyubao pic.twitter.com/I8Yv71kkCYTeam India (@ioaindia) October 17, 2018He was earlier in the national camp briefly”He gets some stipends and with some financial support from others, I am supporting him in his training, participation in competitions etc. His family has no money to support him in his athletics career,” the coach said.India’s medal-winners at Youth Olympics 2018Praveen’s bronze was India’s second athletics medal in the Games after Suraj Panwar clinched a silver in the men’s 5000m race walk event earlier this week.Indian athletes have won us three gold, nine silver and one bronze medal at the Games (mixed event medals not included)In another good news, 15-year-old Akash Malik became India’s first silver-medallist in archery at the Youth Olympic Games, providing a fitting finale to the country’s best-ever campaign at the marquee event here.Gold1. Jeremy Lalrinnunga | Weightlifting2. Manu Bhaker | Shooting3. Saurabh Chaudhary | ShootingSilver1. Tushar Mane | Shooting2. Tababi Devi | Judo3. Lakshya Sen | Badminton4. Simran Ahlawat | Wrestling5. Hockey 5s (Men)6. Hockey 5s (Women) Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga notched up India’s maiden gold medal at the Youth Olympics, claiming the top honours in the men’s 62 kg category. (Image: Twitter/ IOA)7. Suraj Panwar | Athletics8. Akash Malik | Archery9. Mehuli Ghosh | ShootingBronze1. Praveen Chitravel | AthleticsAlso read | India’s medal count at Youth Olympics 2018: Saurabh Chaudhary wins third goldAlso read | Youth Olympics 2018: Can India’s gold-medallist sprinter Anu Kumar capture a spot?Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img read more

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