Eklayva Jagal seems to be India’s latest skating sensation in the making, the class six student recently secured pole position in 700 meters finals under Junior D age group in 15th National Short Track Speed Ice Skating Championships held from November 17-18, 2018 at iSkate, Gurugram, Haryana. Ice Skating Association of India organised the event, which is affiliated to the Indian Olympics Association. Haryana, Delhi, Maharashtra, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, UP, Uttarakhand and many other states took part in the coveted championship.Also Read - Tokyo Olympics: Ravi Dahiya Becomes Second Indian Wrestler to Claim Olympic Silver Medal
Eklavya is National Short Track ice skating Gold Medal holder under Junior D age group category (Under 13) for last 2 years. Eklavya has been skating for last 3 years and has won several medals in various state & national level ice/inline skating competitions. Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2020: Vinesh Phogat Suffers Defeat in Quarterfinals; Faces Risk of Getting Eliminated
In October, Eklavya had secured the third position in the 500 metres final under midgets age group in the 2018 Australian Open Short Track Speed Skating Championships at O’Brien Group Arena Docklands in Melbourne, Australia. Also Read - Olympics Hockey: India Women Seek Golden End to Fairy Tale
Teams from several countries including hosts Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, OSF and India participated in the championship held from October 5-7, 2018.
It was Eklavya’s first appearance in an international competition. Despite the fact that India has no Olympic size Ice Skating rink, Eklavya gave his best performance by clocking 59.4 seconds in the 500 metres race.
Eklavya has a dream to represent India in Youth Olympics in 2022 & winter Olympics 2026 and he has been training very hard to fulfill his dream both on ice as well as off the ice. He gets up daily at 3.30 AM for morning fitness training which includes running 7-8 kilometres following by static & dynamic workout and skating practice.
Eklavya’s next assignment is in Jakarta at the Asian Open Short Track Speed Skating Trophy 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia from November 30 to December 2 2018.