Full list: After U-19 World Cup victory, India becomes Junior World Champions in 7 different sports
Earlier today, U-19 Indian cricket team beat the U-19 Australian team by eight wickets in Mount Maunganui, Bay Oval, to register a memorable World Cup triumph. After a superlative bowling performance that saw the Aussies being bundled out for 216, opener Manjot Kalra smashed an exquisite century to inspire India to a record fourth World Cup title at the Under 19 level.
With this win, India currently holds World Junior Championship titles across seven different sports. Here, we list all the Indians who are reigning world champions at the junior level.
#1 Cricket – U-19 Indian national team
India became the U-19 world champions when they overcame Australia earlier today. The Prithvi Shaw-led side was dominant throughout the tournament, winning seven out of the eight matches they played (one match was washed away without a ball being bowled).
#2 Shooting – Anish Bhanwala (25m Air Pistol), Yashaswani Singh Deswal (Women's 25m Pistol), Anish Bhanwala, Ahnad Jwananda, Shivam Shukla (25m Air Pistol team), Ahvar Rizvi, Shapath Bharadwaj, Shardul Vihan (Double Trap)
Pistol shooter Anish Bhanwala bagged a gold in the Junior Men’s 25m Standard Pistol competition, with a world record score of 579, at the ISSF Junior World Championship Rifle/Pistol campaign in Suhl, Germany in June, last year.
Chandigarh’s 20-year old Yashaswini Singh Deswal was crowned Junior World Champion in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol at the same World Championships after she finished with a world record equalling final score of 235.9.
Anish Bhanwala, Ahnad Jwananda, Shivam Shukla won the gold medal in junior men’s 25 m Air Pistol team event while Ahvar Rizvi, Shapath Bharadwaj, Shardul Vihan won the gold medal for India in Junior Men’s double trap with a final score of 401
#3 Archery – Jemson Ningthoujam and Ankita Bhakat (Mixed Recurve)
Jemson Singh Ningthoujam and Ankita Bhakat went on to win the gold medal in the mixed team event in the Archery youth championships in Rosario, Argentina in October, last year. It was India’s first world title at the youth championships since Deepika Kumari’s victories in 2009 and 2011.
#4 Para Athletics – Jayanti Behera (400m)
17-year-old Jayanti Behera, who hails from Orissa, bagged a gold medal in the 400 metres clocking a time of 1:01.37 minutes at the World Junior Para Athletic Championships held at Nottwil, Switzerland in August 2017.
#5 Athletics – Neeraj Chopra (Javelin throw)
With a stunning effort of 86.48m, Neeraj Chopra smashed the junior world record in javelin throw en route to a gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland in July 2016.
#6 Hockey – Indian National Junior Hockey team
India became the first nation to win the hockey junior World Cup at home, when they beat Belgium 2-1 in the final of the 2016 Junior Hockey World Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, Lucknow in December 2016.
#7 Boxing – Nitu (Women's Jr Flyweight), Sakshi (Women's Jr Bantamweight), Sakshi Chopra (Women's Jr Featherweight), A Boro (Women's Jr Light Welterweight)
India topped the medals' chart after claiming five gold medals on the final day of the AIBA World Women's Youth Boxing Championships in November last year. Nitu, Jyoti, Sakshi, Shashi Chopra and Ankushita Boro clinched the gold medals in their respective categories.