Shaili Aims To Surpass Her Instructor Anju’s National Record In 2023
Just a little short of the national record, which has held for 19 years, the Nineteen-year-old’s personal best of 6.76m. Young Shaili Singh might see a significant breakthrough this year. The 19-year-old athlete has made significant progress on the top senior international circuit and appears to be on pace to compete in three big competitions this year. On Wednesday, the Asian Championships will take place in Thailand, followed by the Asian Games and the global Championships; based on her current global ranking, she is predicted to advance.
The highest by an Asian this season is her personal best of 6.76m, which she attained at the Indian Grand Prix in April. Runner-up is the Japanese Sumire Hata (6.75m). With that leap, she moved up to second place overall in India, only behind legendary national record holder Anju Bobby George, who mark of 6.83m has stood the test of time for 19 years.
Shaili was discovered by Anju, her husband, coach Robert, and she has been trained to be the one to surpass that threshold. “I’ve only been playing this sport for five years, so to be able to compete in the Asian Games and other large meetings in such a short time makes me feel happy, and it was made possible by my dedication.
Shaili has advanced gradually since her breakthrough victory at the World U20 Championships in Kenya in 2021, where she won silver. A few challenges stood in her way, such as the stress fracture in her back from the previous year that prevented her from defending her junior world title. However, she has improved this season and has restarted her career.
Shaili was able to control her jitters in a difficult field that included Australia’s world No. 8 and Commonwealth Games silver medalist Brooke Buschkuehl and Germany’s world No. 17 Maryse Luzolo. It was her first significant international tournament at the senior level.