Indian paddlers bagged two bronze medals at the 17th Asian Conoe Sprint Championships 2017 held at Shanghai in China. Indians won the medals in C4 200m and C4 500m events.
In senior men’s C4 200m event, paddlers comprising of experienced Oinam Jamesboy, Salam Sunil, Moirangthem Charan and Gaurav Tomar won bronze medal in C4 200m clocking 37.365min. Paddlers from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan took gold and silver medals respectively.
Oinam Jamesboy and Salam Sunil again teamed up with Gaurav Tomar and Prakant Sharma and won bronze medal in senior men’s C4 500m event. The team reached the destination in 1:37:086hr to bag the bronze medal. In this event too, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan won gold and silver medals respectively.
Oinam Jamesboy had earlier won a silver in Asian Canoeing Championship 2009, Tehran, Iran. The paddler of the Services team had won a number of medals at the national championships. He had also won a bronze medal in 1st Regata Open Championship 2012, Uzbekistan in Canoeing C1-200m event.
Earlier, two brothers Ningthoujam Jately and Ningthoujam Jackson of India won bronze medal in junior men’s kayak double 200m event. In the championships, eighteen Manipuri paddlers were selected to represent India in Asian Conoe Sprint Championships 2017. The selected Manipuri male paddlers mostly belong to the Services team while female paddlers belong to Madhya Pradesh.