Tejas Shirse wins Silver in 110m hurdles in Geneva, Shaili misses out on the medal

Tejas Shirse

Indian hurdler Tejas Shirse has etched his name in the annals of athletics by clinching a silver medal in the 110m hurdles at the World Athletics Continental Tour (Bronze level) meet in Geneva. The 21-year-old national record holder displayed remarkable speed and agility, clocking an impressive 13.60 seconds.

Tejas Shirse’s incredible performance

Tejas Shirse’s electrifying performance saw him finish second, narrowly trailing behind Colombia’s John Paredes, who secured the gold with a time of 13.49 seconds. The intense competition and razor-thin margins highlight the calibre of talent on display.

Tejas Shirse’s journey to silver was paved with determination. Just last month, he set a new National Record in the same event, blazing through the hurdles in 13.41 seconds during a World Athletics Continental Tour (Challenger level) meeting in Jyvaskyla, Finland. His consistency and rapid progress are commendable.

Meanwhile, in the women’s long jump, India’s Shaili Singh gave her all but narrowly missed the podium. She finished fourth, tied with Jogaile Petrokaite at 6.33m. The tiebreaker came down to their second-best jumps, where the Lithuanian edged out Shaili with a leap of 6.30m. The local favourite, Annik Kalin, took the gold with a jump of 6.56m.

Both Tejas and Shaili are gearing up for the National Inter-State Athletics Championships in Panchkula from June 27 to 30. This event represents their final chance to qualify for the Paris Games. The automatic qualification mark for men’s 110m hurdles is 13.27 seconds, and a total of 40 athletes will compete in Paris. Shaili, with her impressive long jump performances, aims to secure her spot as well.

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