Gold for Sandra qualifies for the IAAF U20 World Championship

KOCHI: Sandra Babu jumped to 6.16 meters in her first attempt to win gold in girls under 20. long jump event on the opening day of the 35th National Youth Athletics Championship at the stadium of the Acharya Nagarjuna University campus, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh on Friday.

Sandra's effort also earned him the ticket for the IAAF U-20 World Championship to be held at Moi International Sports Center , Nairobi in Kenya from July 7 to 12, 2020. The qualification standard was set at 6.15 m. Sandra's teammate Ancy Sojan (5.96 m) took the bronze.

In girls' U-18 long jump , Kerala Prabhavathi PS won silver clearing 5.76m.

In August, Sandra had met the Triple jump qualification mark for the Asian Junior Championship that will be held in Bangkok and the worlds. The trainee of renowned jumps coach TP Ouseph had cleared 13.03m at the state inter-club meet, meeting the qualifying standard for both Bangkok (12.80m) and Nairobi (12.90). In the 2018 Asian meet held at Gifu in Japan, Sandra was fourth in triple with a modest jump of 12.70m. Her personal best in Triple jump is 13.13m, which was set at the Khelo India Schools Games in Pune this year.

By sealing the long jump ticket, the first year BA (English) student of MA College, Kothamangalam has become the first athlete from Kerala to qualify for a world meet in both the horizontal jump events.

Despite making a mark in both jump events, long jump continues to be the pet event for the 18-year-old and the new mark of 6.16m is her personal best. Sandra, who hails from Kelamangalam in Kannur is the daughter of Babu TK, a rubber tapper, and home maker Mishra Kumari.

I am happy with my performance, said Sandra. In the selection trials held in Malappuram two weeks ago, I jumped 6.09m. That performance helped me kill, Sandra told STOI by phone from Guntur.

His coach, Ouseph, said: He expected Sandra to reach the 6.30m range, which she is capable of doing. Remember that you are competing after the back pain you suffered during the state interclub in August. In addition, he trains on a mud track. than on the synthetic track. In such a situation, Sandra has done a wonderful job.