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TSAF players shine at the 25 th National Sport Climbing Championship

Jamshedpur, January 10, 2020

The 25th National Sport Climbing Championship was conducted in Bhubaneswar January 7-10, 2020. IMF managed the event with 180 participants from all over the country competing for medals across lead, speed & bouldering categories. The participants represented 7 different zones which included North, South, West, East, North-East, Services & Police Force.

Tata Steel Adventure Foundation, which started training local Jamshedpur four years back in sport climbing, had sent a 13-members delegate in the competition, all representing East Zone. IMF based on the national ranking of players in 2019 in India selected athletes. The competing athletes from the TSAF academy were Astha, Abhishek Rawat, Aman Verma, Anisha Verma, Vidual Abhale, Jonga Purti, Suraj Singh Thakur, Kiran Singh Thakur, Harpreet Singh, Ronik Bandra, Kundan Kumar, Kumari Khushboo, Talim Ansari.

The last day could not have been better for the athletes of TSAF & finished the tournament on the high. Aman Verma completed a clean sweep of Gold medals in the Junior Boys category. In all the three events, he competed in matching the feat of her sister, Anisha Verma. Talim Ansari made a statement coming back after a year-long hiatus by reaching in all the three Finals & winning a Bronze in lead climbing in the Junior Boys category. Kiran Singh won her maiden medal in the national championship & scored a Silver in lead climbing in the sub-junior girl's category. Jonga Purti too added to the tally of her two medals & won another Bronze on the last day in lead climbing in the junior-girls category. The performance of athletes single-handily helped the East Zone scored 31 points & lift the National Championship for the first time in 25 years since it is being conducted beating South & West Zone by a margin of 7 & 6 points respectively followed by North Zone which scored 20 points, North-East zone (4 points), Services (3 points) & Police Force (0 points).

Medals & the trophy will be awarded late in the evening tonight. Athletes will return on January 11, 2020 to Jamshedpur ending the climbing season of 2019 on a high note.

Highlights of the competition -

  • The sibling duo, Anisha Verma & Aman Verma made a clean sweep of 3 Golds each in all the events they played in Girls’ & Boys’ category.
  • Anisha Verma improved upon her own Indian national record made last year at 10.75 & set the benchmark at 10.41 seconds in speed climbing in this edition.
  • Athletes from the TSAF team scored 31 points out of the total of 34 points won by East Zone helping the East ZOne to lift the trophy. East Zone won the national championship for the 1st time ever in the history of the national championship which is being conducted for the last 25 years

The total tally of medals won by the team from TSAF - 14 medals (7 Gold, 3 Silver & 4 Bronze) in the entire competition.

Team TSAF

 

Athlete

Medal

Age Group

Category

Points

Day 1

Vidula Abhale 

Gold

Sub-Junior Girls

Speed Climbing

3

Day 1

Jonga Purty 

Silver

Sub-Junior Girls

Speed Climbing

2

Day 1

Suraj Singh Thakur

Silver

Sub-Junior Boys

Speed Climbing

2

Day 2

Anisha Verma

Gold

Junior Girls

Bouldering

3

Day 3

Anisha Verma

Gold

Junior Girls

Lead

3

Day 3

Anisha Verma

Gold

Junior Girls

Speed Climbing

3

Day 3

Aman Verma

Gold

Junior Boys

Speed Climbing

3

Day 3

Aman Verma

Gold

Junior Boys

Bouldering

3

Day 3

Vidula Abhale 

Bronze

Sub-Junior Girls

Bouldering

1

Day 3

Jonga Purty 

Bronze

Sub-Junior Girls

Bouldering

1

Day 4

Aman Verma

Gold

Junior Boys

Lead

3

Day 4

Talim Ansari

Bronze

Junior Boys

Lead

1

Day 4

Kiran Singh

Silver

Sub-Junior Girls

Lead

2

Day 4

Jonga Purty 

Bronze

Sub-Junior Girls

Lead

1

Total Points

31

 

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