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After good performances in 2013, long jumper Bikramjit now gears up for federation cup

Sameer Singh Sapehia, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, January 24, 2014
First Published: 19:40 IST(24/1/2014) | Last Updated: 19:42 IST(24/1/2014)

After a year with some brilliant performances, the city-based athlete Bikramjit Singh, is now gearing up for the upcoming Junior Federation Cup, which is scheduled to begin in May. Although, there is a time gap of three months for the championship to start, Singh is practicing hard for the event.

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Singh, who originally hails from Gurdaspur, won a gold medal in long-jump event by recording 7.54 metres in the National Junior Athletics Championship held at Bangalore last year.

Earlier, while participating in the Asian School Athletic Championship, he bagged a silver medal by recording 7.14 metres and outplayed the Hong Kong player who recorded 6.88metres.

In the South Asian Federation Games, which were held at Ranchi, Jharkhand, track and field event player, Singh had to suffice with the fourth place where he could jump only 7 metres.

Crediting his coach for his achievements, Singh said, "The veteran coach SS Pannu is my guru, and he has been a motivating force in my career till now. His aura is so positive that practicing under his guidance and spending time with him boosts my confidence level."

Although, the athletics meet season is over for the year, but Singh does not seem to be in a mood of relaxing and has resumed the practice.

A student of Nav Bharti Public School, Bikramjit Singh, 19, stays at the SAI's (Sports Authority of India) hostel near Guru Nanak Dev Stadium and practices at the stadium.

Singh said, "The facilities provided here are good. We are trained here with best equipment. I start practicing from 6:30am to 9 am and from 3pm to 6:30pm. My practice sessions usually include, weight training, track work, strength exercises and gymming."

Apart from long jump, Bikramjit is a sprinter too, who has won gold in Junior National games held at Lucknow in 2012, recording 10.64 minutes in 100 metres.

SS Pannu, athletics coach at SAI, said, "He is really a dedicated and hard working sportsperson. After seeing his consistent performance, his name has been recommended for the senior national camp, which will begin at Patiala in February. I am very optimistic that he will earn a great name for the country."

Dilbaag Singh Bal, coach for athletics at SAI, said, "Not just a brilliant jumper, but he has got exceptional qualities of a sprinter also. Sheer dedication towards the improvement of the game is all he is concerned about."

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