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New Delhi: Rupal Chaudhary wrote history after winning twin medals to become the first Indian athlete to win two medals in a single edition of the World U20 Athletics Championships. She made the victories in Colombia's Cali on Thursday, IANS reported.
She had won a silver in the 4x400m mixed relay on Tuesday along with her teammates Priya Mohan, Bharath Sridhar and Kapil. The team lost Gold in the relay, in which Rupal ran the final leg, for a difference of only 0.07 seconds. Later she won bronze in women's 400m race with 51.85s. She had improved her personal best in the item twice in two days. She had entered the World Athletics U20 Championships 2022 with a personal best of 52.48s in June.
In the women's 400m, Yemi Mary John of Great Britain won the gold medal with a personal best of 51.50s, while Damaris Mutunga of Kenya clinched the silver in 51.71s.
Rupal Chaudhary is the second Indian to have won a medal in the women's 400m after Hima Das' Gold in the 2018 edition in Finland. Javelin throw ace Neeraj Chopra was the first Indian to win a world athletics U20 title at Bydgoszcz 2016 in Poland.