Kottayam: Indian hammer thrower Damneet Singh came up with a personal best of 74.20m to win silver medal at the IAAF World under-18 athletics championships in Nairobi on Friday.
The national youth champion from Punjab achieved a personal best in his first attempt. The 16-year-old finished second behind Ukraine’s Mykhaylo Kokhan, who won the gold with an effort of 82.31m.
This is India's fifth medal in the World Championships. Long jumper Anju Bobby George, who won a bronze medal in Paris in 2003, is the lone Indian to clinch a senior World Championships medal. Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won the junior gold with an under-20 world record last year. Junior discus throwers Seema Antil Punia (bronze, 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze, 2014) are the others to have bagged medals at the Worlds.