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Pune's Vidhika Parmar bags bronze in World Biathle and Triathle competition in Spain

A total of 19 athletes represented India at this competition. Among them was Pune’s Vidhika Parmar who returned with a bronze medal. She finished third in the Triathle Mix Relay category.

pune Updated: Oct 08, 2017 14:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Medallists from Team India strike a pose with coach Jitendra Khasnis (yellow shirt) after the World Biathle and Triathle meet.(HT PHOTO)

Indian athletes came up with a bronze-medal winning performance at the recently held World Biathle and Triathle competition in Spain.

A total of 19 athletes represented India at this competition. Among them was Pune’s Vidhika Parmar who returned with a bronze medal. She finished third in the Triathle Mix Relay category.

Tamil Nadu’s Prajit Asokan also won a bronze medal at the same event.

In the Biathle, Nikhil Misal (Maharashtra), Dishank Saini (Uttar Pradesh) and John Bopuri (Andhra Pradesh) grabbed bronze medals.

This was the eighth time India has participated in the world event. The country has won a total of two golds, two silvers and 13 bronze medals. Although this time the athletes did not win silver or gold medals, Indian coach Jitendra Khasnis says he was happy with the performance.

Khasnis, who is also from Pune, said, “This year the number of participating countries was more. Top athletes from 17 countries took part in this event. The competition was tough and challenging. Moreover, the weather was another obstacle for the Indian athletes. The cold weather, rain and windy mornings affected our performance. Yet they managed to grab bronze medal.”

The India team was selected based on the performance of athletes at the 8th National Biathle and Triathle Championship organised by the Modern Pentathlon Federation of India at the Balewadi Sports Complex in August of this year. The selected team underwent a preparatory camp at the Shark Aquatic Club in Ghorpade Peth from September 10 to 17.

Last year’s gold medal winner Vedant Gokhale of Thane and Pune’s Arjun Adkar, who won a silver, were also included in the team, but they failed to impress.

First Published: Oct 07, 2017 20:49 IST