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2018 Australian Open Short Track Speed Skating Championships: Eklavya Jagal secures 3rd position

first_imgEklavya Jagal, a student of class VI of the Amity International School in Noida, secured third position in the 500 metres final under midgets age group in the 2018 Australian Open Short Track Speed Skating Championships at O’Brien Group Arena Docklands in Melbourne, Australia.Teams from several countries including hosts Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, OSF and India participated in the championship held from October 5-7, 2018.It was Eklavya’s first appearance in an international competition. Despite the fact that India have no Olympic size Ice Skating rink, Eklavya gave his best performance by clocking 59.4 seconds in the 500 metres race.Eklavya is also the current National Short Track ice skating gold medal holder in the under-13 age group category. Eklavya has been skating for the last three years and has won several medals in various state and national level ice/inline skating competitions. Eklavya Jagal poses with his medal (India Today Photo)Eklavya has a dream to represent India in the Youth Olympics in 2022 and the Winter Olympics in 2026 and he has been training very hard to fulfill his dream both on ice as well as off ice.He wakes up daily at 3.30 AM for fitness training which includes running 7-8 kilometres following by static and dynamic workout and skating practice.Eklavya’s next big assignment is the the Asian Open Short Track Speed Skating Trophy 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia from November 30 to December 2.last_img read more