J&K climbers dominate in Open meet at Delhi

JAMMU: State climbing team almost completely dominated the 13th St. Stephen's College Delhi's Open Sport Climbing competition held in the college premises winning six gold, three silver and one bronze medal.

Out of the eight hold medals at stake in four categories of Men, Women, Boys and Girls in Lead and Speed Climbing events, five J&K climbers bagged six gold, three silver and one bronze.

Shivani Charak, who was recently crowned the National Champion in Speed Climbing and Bouldering, was at her usual best in this competition to win two gold medals in Lead and Speed Climbing and also the title of Best Women Climber.

Similarly, Mrityunjay Sharma, a silver medal winner in Speed Climbing in the National Championship, generated terrific speed to win the Men's speed climbing title. He was also crowned the best Speed climber of the competition.

However, Arun Deep Singh, a climber in the Boys category, turned out to be the darling of the crowd when he startled the senior climbers to win the lead climbing Gold in the men's category. He also claimed gold and a silver medal in Speed and Lead climbing respectively in the Boys category and was also adjudged the best lead climber of the competition. Ajay Deep Singh, in the Boys category, also exhibited his fine climbing skills to bag gold and silver medal in Lead and Speed Climbing respectively.

The only J&K climber, who did not strike Gold in this competition, was Asma Gul. A hugely talented climber who was expected to win both the titles but could win only a silver and a bronze medal in Speed and Lead climbing respectively.

Meanwhile, the five-member J&K team, accompanied by the trainer Shashi Kant Sharma, has now reached IMF, New Delhi for participation in the 1st North Zone Speed Climbing Competition being hosted by North Zone Committee of the IMF. The team has been fully sponsored by J&K State Sports Council.


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