Teenager Esow wins maiden world track cycling medal for India, CFI lauds historic moment
NEW DELHI: After sprinter Hima Das's historic gold at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in July, teenager Esow Alben has made the world take notice of Indian cycling this time. On Thursday, the 17-year-old won the country's maiden medal in track cycling at the world level by cming silver in the Men's Keirin event of the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Aigle, Switzerland.
继7月份，印度短跑选手Hima Das在国际田联U20田径世锦赛上获得历史性金牌后，少年埃索·阿尔本(Esow Alben)让全世界都注意到了印度的自行车运动。星期四，这位17岁的选手在瑞士埃格勒举行的UCI青年田径自行车世锦赛男子凯林赛项目中获得银牌，这是印度在世界级场地自行车比赛上的首枚奖牌。
Esow was only 0.017 seconds adrift of Czech Republic's Jakub Stastny, who secured gold in the pulsating final few seconds of the race.
"It's a big medal for me and for India too," Esow said after the race. The bronze medal went to Kazakhstan's Andrey Chugay.
"My heartiest gratitude to our coaching department under Mr. RK Sharma and the relentless cyclists who are putting their heart out to achieve what at one time seemed impossible," the Cycling Federation of India's (CFI) secretary general, Onkar Singh, told Timesofindia.com from Jakarta, where he is accompanying the Indian contingent for the Asian Games.
印度自行车联合会秘书长Onkar Singh对印度时报表示：“衷心感谢RK Sharma先生领导的教练组以及我们的自行车手，他们以坚定的决心完成了一度看来不可能完成的事。”Singh目前在雅加达陪同印度代表团参加亚运会。
Although, it's a maiden Worlds medal for India in track cycling, Esow's credentials and talent were never in doubt. He became the world No. 1 junior sprint cyclist after a stupendous show at the Asian Track Championships, the 2018 Cottbuser Sprint Cup 2 and GP Brno Track Cycling competitions.
Heading into the finals at Aigle, Esow finished on top in heats during the first round, clocking 10.851 seconds in 200m.
"I could have won (gold) but I am still happy with a silver. I'm happy that I could win a medal in World Championships,” the teen from Andn and Nicobar said.
The CFI secretary general also thanked the authorities for putting their trust in the sport and the federation.
“Thanks to all the CFI members and to the Sports Authority of India for their continued fa th and support. With God's grace, this journey, which we started four years ago, is slowly but surely taking us to our ultimate goal of excellence. And it continues with bigger hopes and greater expectations. Thanks to everyone who supported us in our mission of excellence,” Singh said.
The team events didn't bring any medal for India, though. The trio of Esow, Mayur Pawar and James Keithellakpam Singh timed 15.957s in 200m and 26.914s in 400m to bow out of the race to reach the finals.
不过，团体项目没有为印度带来任何奖牌。Esow、Mayur Pawar和James Keithellakpam Singh三人在200米和400米的两项团体赛中分别以15.957秒和26.914秒的成绩晋级决赛。
Is it only me or is it evident that since Col Rathore (Retd) took over the reins of sports ministry, we are getting medals in events that were untouchable for Indian atheletes. This is the beauty of good governance, India always had talent but earlier it was bureaucrats and po iticians used to travel the globe on Indian atheletes cost. No more. Brave Esow, You have made us proud, wish you all the best for Olympics. Atheletes like you are our pride, Godspeed!
congrats. you have made 1.3 billion people proud today
Congrats boy.. You surely have made our nation proud.
Esco you have brought Andn & Nicobar Island in the world map of sports and made Indians proud. Like Haryana and NE talents Nicobaris have immese natural talents in sports. Gt. should tap these talents.
oh.. man.. awesome... somebody from Andn and Nicobar making history for his country that to at 17 years of age is like a dream... super man .. seriously can't express my sentiments but will watch your performance if find somewhere on the net... kudos man..
truth is god god is truth
Another thum victory of good Indian over others in international competition making India proud. Thanks for Modi as well for nurturing talent of Indians in every sphere to take on international level to make India the greatest power ever witnessed by the world.
Suddenly, Bhaarath has started to BELIEVE IN ITSELF... Thanks Modi for providing wonderful NON CoRRUPT Gt.
Hats off T Esow; you have brought immense hapess and India proud. In the next event you are sure win Gold!
God bless you.
Heartly Congratulations...ESOW. ... Thanks for making us proud.
Wow! What an awesome achievement! Well Done Esow. Be well and make India proud.
We can hate BJP and Modi as much as possible but whenever this has come in power, India has moved forward. Let''s see if we brings back this gt with full majority next year as well.
kudos..the guy in 1st position was in advantage still u gave him a hard time..!! Esow u gem...good job rathore Saab...!! you also doing good..
排名第一的那个家伙处于有利地位，但Esow也对他造成威胁!!Esow，做得好! !你的表现也很不错 .
Hearty Congratulations to the teenager on his achievement and bringing India on the world cycling competition map.. determination, will, support is needed to all sports aspirants in the country so to make the latter proud..
This is wonderful! This guy is a hero!
masterstroke by Modiji
Salute to Esow ... god bless you
Congratulations...... God bless you....
U made all INDIANS proud my friend.....
Keep wng and wng......