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2 Silver Medals in National Cycling Championship
Esow of Govt. Model School Port Blair has made the Islanders feel proud by his achievement in the 67th National Cycling Championship held at Kerala recently. Showing extra ordinary skills Esow created history by clinching Silver medal in the 500 meters time trail of under 14 years category. This was the first ever occasion in the history of cycling that an Islander boy has won silver medal in the under 14 category. With gained confidence he joined his budding sportsman Ankit Bilong for the Scratch Race and won another silver medal for the Islands.
The Principal, Dr Dheeraj Kumar, Vice Principal Smti Hepsi Shanta and the entire family of Model School has congratulated Esow for this historic achievement. Talking to media Dr. Dheeraj Kumar said the school is proud of having a student like Esow, who has made the Islands feel proud. He said that the other students are motivated and we may get many more talented sportsmen in the near future. Sharing her views the VP Smti Hepsi Shanta said that the students of the school are showing inclination towards sports which is a very positive sign.
When contacted Esow informed that he was selected for the coaching camp 10 months back and under the able guidance of the Coach Shri S.Sen Gupta he learned the basics of the game. Talking about the experience in the National Games, he said that the star International Cyclist Deborah was very supportive and she gave valuable tips which helped him in his competitions. Esow’s father Shri Alban is Head Constable in Fire Services, and he always encourages him for his game.
Esow aspires to continue this game to play the senior level also.
Meanwhile the General Secretary of the A&N Cycling Association Shri Ranjit Kumar informed that National level coaching camp for the cyclists of under 14 years category will be conducted soon in main land and Esow has already been selected for that. The National coaching program is intended to prepare a pool of players for the 2020 International Championship.
National record in the under-18 boys’ sprint event
Esow Alban is touted as the next big star of Indian cycling and at the LNCPE velodrome, the cyclist from Andaman and Nicobar showed why he is rated so highly. Esow blitzed his way to a new national record in the under-18 boys’ sprint event of the 69th senior, 46th junior and 32nd sub-junior National track cycling championships.
Competing in an higher age category, Esow comprehensively beat his challenger and teammate Arkaprava Baul by half-a-cycle length to win the gold. Esow clocked 11.207s to break P. Sanuraj’s old mark (11.620) which was set in 2015.
This is third gold medal of the meet for the rower-turned-cyclist who trains at the National Cycling Academy in New Delhi.
India’s first ever world track cycling medal
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 claiming silver in the Men's Keirin event of the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Aigle, Switzerland.
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.
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 just wanted to stay at the front and avoid getting involved in any crashes," Esow, who is a first-year junior and product of the UCI World Cycling Centre here, said.
"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 Andaman 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 faith 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.