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  Natl Jr Athletics: Laxmipriya, Susmita, Ani win gold
15 Nov 2022

Odisha bagged three gold medals on the fifth and last day of the 37th National Junior Athletics Championships at SAI Athletics Stadium in Guwahati, Assam today. The 39-member Odisha squad ended its campaign with a total of 13 medals, which included nine gold, three silver and one bronze.

The three gold medals on the final day were secured by Laxmipriya Kisan, Ani Salbam and Susmita Tigga. A trainee of Odisha Reliance Foundation Athletics High Performance Centre, Laxmipriya Kisan won the gold in U-18 girls 800 metre run, clocking 2 minute 15.08 seconds. She managed to surpass her Youth Nationals timing of 2:16.48s, where she had won a silver medal.

Ani Salbam bagged the gold medal in U-14 boys 600 metre run with a timing of 1 minute 24.01 seconds. This was the first National medal for Salbam, who also trains at Bhubaneswar-based Athletics High Performance Centre.


Susmita Tigga captured the gold in U-20 women 3000 metre steeplechase, clocking 11minutes 02.31 seconds. She belongs to Athletics High Performance Centre and this was her first National medal.

Among the Odisha medal winners, Ommkar Prasad Nanda was adjudged the Best Athlete in U-16 boys group with two individual medals. He won gold medal in shot put and silver and hammer.

Odisha Athletics Association President G Srinibas Patnaik and Secretary Asirbad Behera congratulated the medal winners the State. They also thanked Sports & Youth Services Department, Government of Odisha for their help and cooperation for getting best results in National Junior Championship.
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TOP: Odisha girl Laxmipriya Kisan poses winning 800m gold medal at the 37th National Junior Athletics Championship in Guwahati on 15 November 2022.
RIGHT: Odisha boy Ani Salbam poses with his gold medal at the 37th National Junior Athletics Championship in Guwahati on 15 November 2022.


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