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Navjot clinches silver in Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championship

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana , August 21, 2014
First Published: 15:33 IST(21/8/2014) | Last Updated: 15:36 IST(21/8/2014)

Navjeet Kaur Dhillon has won silver medal in discuss throw in the recently concluded Federation Cup Senior National Athletics Championship held in Patiala from August 16 to 19.

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Navjeet, 19, has several other medals to her credit at national and international platforms.

Last month, she stunned everyone with her remarkable performance by winning a bronze medal in the Junior World Athletics Championship held at Oregon, the US. It was the second ever bronze medal for India in the world juniors after Seema Antil, who won a bronze medal in 2002 at Kingston, Jamaica.

She drew her inspiration from none other than her own father who was also a national level shot put player and won a bronze medal in South Asian Games.

Interestingly, it is Jaspal Singh Dhillon, her father, only who is her professional coach and mentor whom she credits all her achievements so far.

She hails from a family of a sportsperson, her mother was an international level hockey player and her brother Jasdeep Singh is also an international shot put player.

Born and brought up in a culture where sports was all around her, Navjeet said: “Earlier, it was very difficult to perform and win medals at international platforms. Things are quite organised now and every minute aspect of any game is thoroughly studied, analysed and then implemented to improve upon the performance of the player.”

“I guess that getting professional and personal guidance at home from my father has put me high on the pedestal,” Navjeet said, who began her career in sports when she was just 12-year-old. She had also set a national record in National School Athletics Championship by hurling 33.65 metres. In 2009 after underperforming at a stretch in numerous national level championships, she gradually began improving in 2010 and in the following year won a bronze medal in the Youth Commonwealth Games held in England in 2011. Now Navjeet is aiming to represent India in the 2016 Olympic Games.

Citing the need and significance of sports exchange programs, Jaspal Singh Dhillon said: “In order to improve the athletics medal tally of the country at international platforms, it is high time for sports bodies to recognise and implement sports exchange programs with other countries at the earliest. The international sports exposure to a player works wonder for his overall development.” “I am quite content with her current and past achievements but to play and perform at Olympics Games is where we have set our mark,” Jaspal added.

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