Navjeet Dhillon

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Navjeet Dhillon
Personal information
Full name Navjeet Kaur Dhillon
Nationality Indian
Born (1995-03-06) 6 March 1995 (age 23)
Amritsar, India[1]
Sport
Country India
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) Discus throw: 59.18 m (2018)

Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (born 6 March 1995) is an Indian track and field athlete who competes as a discus thrower. She was the bronze medallist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and became the second Indian to win a medal at the World Junior Championships in Athletics in 2014. She holds a personal best of 59.18 m (194 ft 1​34 in), set in 2018.

Career[edit]

Born in Amritsar,[1] Dhillon won the Indian junior title in the discus in 2010 and the national youth title in 2011. She made her international debut at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics, competing in qualifying only,[2] and won her first medal (a bronze) at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games.[3] Dhillon won a shot put/discus double at the 2012 Indian Junior Championships and claimed a silver medal at the 2012 Asian Junior Athletics Championships behind Subenrat Insaeng.[4]

Dhillon made her first appearance in the senior ranks in the 2013 season, competing in both shot put and discus at the 2013 Asian Athletics Championships.[2] More age category medals came at the 2014 Asian Junior Athletics Championships, where she was third in the shot put and second in the discus.[5] She achieved a breakthrough at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Athletics, taking the discus bronze medal with a personal best throw of 56.36 m (184 ft 10​34 in). This made her the second Indian to win a medal at that competition, following in the footsteps of fellow women's discus thrower Seema Antil.[6]

Dhillon topped the national podium in the discus in 2014 and 2015, as she transitioned into the senior ranks, as well as a shot put/discus double at the 2015 National Games of India. She was sixth in discus at the 2015 Asian Athletics Championships. She did not compete internationally in 2016 and 2017, though she won shot put national titles those years and was runner-up in the discus nationally.[2] Dhillon won the discus bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games – her first senior international medal.[7][8]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2011 World Youth Championships Lille, France 11th (q) Discus throw 44.46 m
Commonwealth Youth Games Douglas, Isle of Man 3rd Discus throw 45.27 m
2012 Asian Junior Championships Colombo, Sri Lanka 2nd Discus throw 44.78 m
2013 Asian Championships Pune, India 9th Shot put 12.91 m
7th Discus throw 45.33 m
2014 Asian Junior Championships Taipei, Taiwan 3rd Shot put 14.99 m
2nd Discus throw 53.66 m
World Junior Championships Eugene, United States 3rd Discus throw 56.36 m
2015 Asian Championships Wuhan, China 6th Discus throw 51.66
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 3rd Discus throw 57.43 m

National titles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Navjeet Dhillon. GC2018. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  2. ^ a b c Navjeet Dhillon. IAAF. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  3. ^ Commonwealth Youth Games 2011. World Junior Athletics History (archived). Retrieved on 2014-08-16.
  4. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2012-06-13). Ashraf steals the show in Asian Juniors with 80.85m world junior hammer lead. IAAF. Retrieved on 2018-04-15.
  5. ^ 16th Asian Junior Athletics Championships Men Results. Taipei2014. Retrieved on 2014-07-13.
  6. ^ Clavelo Robinson, Javier (2014-07-26). Report: women's discus throw – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014. IAAF. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  7. ^ "CWG 2018: Seema Punia wins silver, Navjeet Dhillon claims bronze in discus throw". The Times of India. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Navjeet Dhillon". 2018 Commonwealth Games. Retrieved 13 April 2018.

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