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Books inked with new records by new stars to exalt about, 2019 was no less than a bash for every sports fanatic. While India’s heartbreaking defeat at the Semi-Finals of the world cup and P.V Sindhu thronging the Podium are the one’s that effortlessly strike at the top of the head, the year has evinced the dawn of a new generation of young talents who have pushed their bars to prove their mantle and to carve a name for themselves and proved the country’s sporting future safe. As 2019 is narrowing down towards a cease, Fisto has a compilation of the best 21 athletes of 2019 who have set new records, staged terrific performances, scaled greater heights and etched new marks at different levels, GUKESH Hailing from Chennai, the same city as that of the legendary Vishwanathan Anand, the twelve year old Gukesh has become the second youngest Grandmaster ever . Gukesh who has achieved the feat in 12 yrs 7 months and 17 days is the 60th Grandmaster produced by India and he unfortunately missed becoming the youngest Grandmaster ever by a narrow margin of just 19 days. Having scored three IM Norms and three GM Norms within a short span of 16 months, the youngster has not only scripted one of the youngest but also one of the fastest success stories ever. Gukesh who had participated in 276 rated games also bags an Elo of 2500 points. SPECIAL OLYMPICS BHARAT Though not widely known and celebrated, Team SO Bharat, at it’s ninth appearance at the tournament has inscribed history with a startling number of 368 medals, comprising of 85 Gold, 154 Silver and 129 Bronze. The Power lifters, topping the medal count with 96 medals, Team SO Bharat have clinched medals across all the sports including Judo and Futsal despite being the first time to have participated in the sports. India was also granted the privilege of hosting the Football Championship for the first time ever. APURVI CHANDELA Not to the greatest astonishment the 26 year old, adding another feather to her cap, has shot her way upwards to the No.1 spot at the ISSF rankings. Apurvi Chandela who had won the ISSF Shooting World Cup earlier the same year owns a number of achievements to her name. Apurvi who is only the second women to have won Gold at the ISSF World Cup is also the owner of the honorable Arjuna award. She was also the first Indian women shooter to participate at the Olympics. She also won Gold at the ISSF Shooting World Cup at Munich later the year. ABHINAV G Abhinav G, the seven year old pedaler from Tamil Nadu, even before embarking on his life’s venture has set on an 82Km Non-stop Cycling which is the longest by a child and has carved his name at both the Indian and the Asian book of records. The youngster has pedaled 81.7 Kms from Kalapet in Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram in 3 hrs and 32 minutes. Having taken up professional training nine months prior to making the record, Abhinav has participated in over ten racing events at a span of nine months including the “Cyclotsava”, the Longest Single Line Bicycle Parade. SETHU FC Sethu FC, the Tamil Nadu based team were crowned Champions for the first time at the Indian Women’s League, the top Women’s football league in India, and by doing so has created history. The team who concluded runners last season, missed the championship by a narrow margin and they have made up for the loss by emerging Champions this season. SANDEEP CHAUDHARY & SUMIT ANIL The World Para Athletics Grand prix witnessed two record breaking throws by our javelin throwers Sandeep Chaudhary and Sumi Anil in Italy at June. Sandeep Chaudhary who quenched India’s thirst by seizing the country’s first Gold at the Asian Para games in 2018, already owns the Javelin World Record at the F44 Category. Sandeep with his 65.80 meter throw at the World Para Athletics 2019 bettered his previous record. Sumit, one step behind Sandeep hurled a 60.45 meter throw at the F64 Category and marked a world record at the Combined world Javelin Category. The two of them overthrew their own records at the World Para Athletics Championships and booked their tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. INDIAN WOMEN RUGBY TEAM Amongst the many records broken by our women this year, this stands out to be one of the most salient one. The Indian women Rugby Team recorded it’s first ever International victory at the 15S game at the Asian Women Rugby Championship on beating Singapore and they finished at the third spot at the tournament. The historic Women Rugby women team comprised of 26 women including working women and mothers. The passion and sheer determination of the players who came on to the field despite not even being paid is what makes the victory one of the most remarkable one in the sporting History of India though the sport has been played over a decade. HIMA DAS The Golden girl after relishing a successful 2018 has extended her dart to success this year by snatching four consecutive gold medals in 15 days. The 19 year old who clinched her first gold at Europe on July 2nd has successfully recorded four consecutive wins after her victory at the Tabor Athletic Meet at the Czech Republic on July 17th. She won Gold at the Poznan Athletic Grand Prix, Kutno Athletics meet, Kladno Athletics Meet and the Tabor Athletics Meet respectively. She was also noted to have been clocking timings faster than that of the previous race every race. ESHA SINGH The 14 Year old Esha Singh, on bagging the silver at the ISSF Junior (Under-21) World Cup, not only clinched her maiden International victory but also became the youngest Indian Shooter to secure a world Cup medal. This is not the first headline the youngster from Telengana has scripted. Esha Singh won the National Championship last year beating the likes of Manu Bhaker and Heena Sindhu and rose to fame amongst the shooting fraternity. AISHWARYA PISSAY In a Country where Motor Sports is considered to be predominantly for the men, Aishwarya Pissay from Bangalore has gone all the way to win the World title at the Federation Internationale De Motorcyclism Baja World Cup at Hungary earlier this year and she has become the first Indian ever to win a title in the Motorsports Being an off-road racer she has pushed many boundaries and emerged to have been the first and the only women till date to have participated at many challenging Rallies including that of the Baja Aragon World Rally in Spain. She also underwent a major life threatening injury and she fought her way out of it. SUMIT NAGAL India apart from the likes of a very few players who have bagged the doubles and the mixed double titles at the Grand slams has never been one of the dominant Tennis playing countries. Little did anybody expect the 190th ATP ranked Nagal to startle the 20 time Grand slam winner, Roger Federer by notching up a first set win against him in his maiden Grand slam main-draw. The 22 year old who was the youngest Indian in 25 years to make it to the main draw of the Grandslam, on his first set win against win against the Maestro became the first Indian to have achieved the feat. The former Junior Wimbledon winner was only the fourth Indian to face Federer and the fourth in the world to win the first set against Federer. Though he lost the match, his fight against Federer that forced the legendary to make nineteen errors including the first set loss, has been one of the remarkable achievements by the Indian Tennis. RONALDO LAITANJAM SINGH Named after the Brazilian Footballer Ronaldo, the 17 year old cyclist, Ronaldo Laitanjam of Manipur has set an Asian Record at the Men’s Junior 200m Time trial event at the qualifying stage and he also won another Gold at the Junior men’s Sprint event the following day. He achieved the feat at the Track Asia Cup Cycling tournament clocking a time of 10.061 seconds. Later this year, he escalated to the fourth rank at the World Junior rankings and he also secured four Gold medals at the Track Asia Junior cup at the Junior keirin, Sprint, 1KM Time Trial and Team Sprint. ANNU RANI Spearing new records and breaking her own records is not something new for the 27 Year old Javelin thrower from Meerut. Annu Rani crowned her achievements by emerging the first Indian women to embark onto the Women’s Javelin throw finals of the World Athletics Championship with her 62.43m throw with which she made yet another National record. With her 62.43m hurl she bettered her previous 62.34 record which she set in March the same year. She was also the first women to have surpassed the 60M mark. She also bagged Silver at the Asian Athletics Championship. LAKSHYA SEN The 18 year old shuttler who has already proved his mettle at the Junior circuits, made his cut into the senior category and claimed his maiden BWF World Title after his win at the Men’s singles of the Dutch Open. The 72nd ranked Lakshya Sen has also clinched the Belgian International title and bagged silver at the Polish Open earlier this year. Having won the Asian Junior Championships, silver at the Youth Olympic Games and bronze at the World Junior Championships last year he has made terrific records at the Junior circuits. GOLOM TINKU The Juniors of the country have many a times glorified the country and assured the country’s sporting future safe. Golom Tinku of Arunachal Pradesh at Just thirteen years of age has lifted an astonishing 215 Kg and left the country stunned. Having started lifting weights at 8 years of age, Golom Tinku who has just embarked on his early teens has lifted 215 Kg at the 55Kg Category at the National Youth Weightlifting Championship to etch a world Record unmatched my none his age. He lifted 93Kg in Snatch and 122Kg in Clean and Jerk to snatch the Gold at the Championship. He received the accolades of many on account of his prodigious achievement. SATWIKSAIRAJ RANKIREDDY & CHIRAG SHETTY 2019 witnessed the duo reach their peak with the number of Championships, records and titles they snared and it accoladed them with a nomination for the Most Improved player at the BWF awards. The duo inscribed history by becoming the first Indian pair to storm into the finals of the finals of the French Open 750 Tournament. The duplets who embarked on their success ride with their win at the Thailand Open have breached through the Top ten of the BWF ranking on reaching their career best 7th rank. They are the first Indian Men’s doubles pair and the third Indian doubles to pair to have achieved it. SHAILI SINGH Two National Records at the same year for the youngster. Shaili Singh of Karnataka with her leap of 6.15m set a new National record breaking her previous National record at the U-16 and the U-18 Category at the National Junior Athletics Championship. With her record breaking Jump she frolics on to the World Junior Athletics Championship 2020. The long jumper with her 6.15M Jump has taken down the previous 5.14M National Records marked by sher at the National Junior Athletics Championship earlier this year. Shaili Singh who is being coached by Anju Bobby is often regarded as the next Anju Bobby. ELAVENIL VALARIVAN, DIVYANSH SINGH, MANU BHAKER With a terrific number of 15 Olympic quotas the shooting team of the country has had it’s dream run throughout the year. The gold bagged by the shooters Elavenil, Divyansh and Manu Bhaker at the ISSF World Cup in China has donned the list of achievements notched up by our shooters. This was the first such occasion that has witnessed three Indians to have seized Gold at the Year-ender edition of the ISSF World Cup. Manu bagged the gold with a Junior world record while Valarivan had bagged gold at the British World Cup and recently escalated to the World No.1 ranking in the 10M Air rifle and Divyansh won silver at the World Cup in Beijing earlier this year. MANAS DHAMNE The star from Pune at Eleven years of Age, has aced his racket to win a Grandslam and by doing so has become the First Indian to own the feat. The youngster triumphed at the Under-12 ITF Eddie Herr International Junior Championship at the IMG Academy which is one of the most competitive Tennis tournaments at the Junior Circuits. Manas had shown early glimpses of his mantle by emerging Champion at the Asian U-14 Tennis Tournament earlier this year. Manas had also been one amongst the finalist at the Doubles of the ITF Eddie Herr International Junior Championship. YASHASVI JAISWAL The country that knew Yashasvi as the seventeen year old from Maharashtra, who was the youngest Indian to willow a double century at the Vijay Hazare would least have known him as a kid who sold Pani Puri to fund his passion and make his dreams come true. The seventeen year old from Uttar Pradesh who has lived a fable of inspiration has carved a place for himself at the Indian Premier League to carving a spot at the Indian Premier League. Earlier this year he bladed a 173 off 220 balls in a Youth Test match. He was also the highest run scorer and the player of the series at the 2018 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup and he has recently found his name in the Squad for the 2020 U-19 World Cup. MEENA KUMARI MAISNAM 2019 couldn’t have gotten any better for Meena as she seals the year with two Golds. Meena Kumari from Manipur bagged Gold at the Cologne Boxing World Cup at the 54 KG Category and she was amongst the five Indians who brimmed the Podium with medals. The 2014 Asian Championship Bronze Medalist who also flanks three National Championship by her name also won gold at the Strandja Memorial Cup earlier this year.