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World Para Athletics Junior Championships, Odisha athlete Jayanti Behera wins silver

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Nottwil: The first World Para Athletics Junior Championships is underway from Thursday (3 August), with 275 athletes and 11 guide runners from 41 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) competing on one of the world’s best tracks in Nottwil, Switzerland.

Many of the best Paralympians competed and broke records at this venue, which has hosted the Grand Prix series for four consecutive years, located in the grounds of the Swiss Paraplegics Centre and on the shores of Lake Sempach.

India’s 18 year old Jayanti Behera, a finalist at London 2017, came in second in the women’s 200 m T42-47 Junior (U20) with a time of 28.04. Chile’s Amanda Cerna (27.72) took gold while USA’s Jessica Heims (29.89) was third.

Jayanti Behera who hails from Manitir village under Satyabadi block in Puri district, is a strong contender for 400 m race to be held tomorrow.

Twenty-nine of the athletes who competed at last month’s World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 are in Nottwil, meaning the level of competition will be high. The Junior Worlds will run until Sunday (6 August) and will consist of two daily sessions, one in the morning and another in the evening.

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