16-year-old Akshay Boro wins silver medal in U-17 Boys’ 200 m sprint with a timing of 22.3 secs at 3rd Khelo India Youth Games 2020 currently underway in Guwahati
Guwahati: Local boy Akshay Boro won a silver medal in the Under-17 Boys’ 200m sprint category with a timing of 22.3 seconds at the ongoing Khelo India Youth Games 2020 at Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium on Tuesday.
"Just like Hima, I also want to win medals nationally, and then internationally. My only aim is to represent India at the highest level one day, which is the Olympic Games", Boro was quoted as saying by Khelo India.
Hailing from Chaygaon in Kamrup district in Assam, Boro was behind gold medalist Vijay Kashyap (22.26s) from Uttar Pradesh.
The 16-year-old sprinter revealed that he started running in 2018, after watching Hima Das' achievements at the Asian Games the same year.
"I am really happy to have won the silver medal in front of my home crowd. It’s a matter of great pride for me to have been able to produce a good performance, and I hope to reach newer heights in the next few years,” Boro said after winning the silver.
He also revealed that he initially started with football, because it was easy to play. But he developed interest in running, when he saw fellow youngsters playing the sport.
"That is when I decided to do it full-time, and finally shifted to SAI Centre, Paltan Bazar in Guwahati, and have been training here only for close to two years,” said the 16-year-old, as reported by Khelo India.
According to the reports, when asked on his inspiration, Boro said: "Hima Das is an idol for me. Her win in 2018 gave me inspiration to pursue this sport, and I asked myself – if she can do it, why can’t I do it as well?”