Bhubaneswar: After almost four decades, Odisha has found two new junior talents in the throwing event.
Proving his selection right talented athletes Rajat Kumar Mohanty and Chinmay Ranjan Jena of the Bhubaneswar Sports Hostel rocked the podium by bagging gold medals in the 23rd East Zone Junior Athletic Championship-2011 held at Salt Lake in Kolkata from August 1 to 3.
In U-18 boys, shot-put and discus event Rajat bagged the gold with throws of 13.59 and 43.7 metres. Similarly, Chinmay grabbed gold in javelin by hurling it 57.50 meter. Rajat started his athletic career in early 2008 by the help of his school coach Ananda Das and Naba Kishore Mohapatra.
He later introduced to the sports hostel athletic coach Nilamadav Deo in early 2011.
The interest and passion for the throwing event of Rajat impressed me a lot, Deo said. However, in a very short period of practice Rajat picked up many things for which he placed himself top in the East Zone junior athletic meet. His technique, coordination and speed to be further channelised to make him an international level thrower. I personally believe that in senior platform Rajat would performer better in discus event then shot-put, he added.
My first and foremost objective is to turn the state’s discus and shot-put record in my name, Rajat said.
Bhubaneswar Sports Hostel inmate Chinmay won the silver medal in javelin (52.80 mtr) in U-18 boys event in the East Zone Junior Athletic meet 2010 held at Ranchi.
In 2011 athletic meet at Kolkata he added 4.7 meter to his pervious throw at Ranchi and grabbed the gold medal.
Earlier, in the State junior meet Chinmay won gold and silver medal in 2010, 2009 respectively in the javelin event.
I am preparing myself to make my country proud in forthcoming Commonwealth Junior Championship in 2012, said Chinmay.
My coach Nilamadev Deo putting all hard effort with us to make us international level athletes, added Chinmay.
Rajat and Chinmay both quick learner, they are in perfect age to excel further and to do a better performance in the senior level. They need regular practice and more concentrate about their food habit to avoid the black spots of drug abuse. We have to groom these athletics with proper care as they are in junior level, said Deo.