He is lean and tall and has a form of misplaced look about him. But Sahil Silwal might be the way forward for Indian javelin throw, one of the best of the remaining behind Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra.
The 20-year-old from Haryana was fourth within the 2018 under-20 Worlds in Finland with 72.83m however now has made higher progress than all of the medallists there. Sahil’s private finest 80.65m, in Patiala in March, makes him India’s third finest thrower this yr, behind Neeraj and Shivpal Singh.
“Neeraj has motivated us with his gold. I train with him and when somebody like him wins medals, it lifts us all,” stated Sahil in a chat with The Hindu through the National Open the place he received with 77.79m.
With the nationwide camp having taken a break, he was not at his finest.
“The sidewinds and headwinds at Warangal affected the throwers,” stated Kashinath Naik, a former assistant nationwide javelin coach who had labored with Neeraj, Shivpal and Annu Rani earlier.
“Youngsters like Sahil, D.P. Manu and Rohit Yadav are the best three after Neeraj and they are all in the 20-21 age group. Kunwer Ajai Raj is also good.
“Sahil has the height too, he may come good in the next Asian Games and he can be groomed for the 2024 Paris Olympics.”
But it is going to be unfair to check the kids with Neeraj.
“Neeraj is an extraordinary talent. He is very aggressive and does not fear anything,” stated Kashinath.
“Some of these young boys have a bit of fear but once they get more international exposure, they will be strong and consistent.”
The individuals who have formed Neeraj are working with Sahil too. He trains below Jaiveer Chaudhary, the Olympic champion’s early coach. And biomechanics skilled Klaus Bartonietz charts out Sahil’s coaching plan with Jaiveer.
“I’ve been with Jaiveer for a year, am comfortable with his technique and plan,” stated Sahil who went to Finland and South Africa with Neeraj earlier.
“I want to do big throws at the Asian Games, I want to win medals for the country. But right now, because I’m very tall (6’3), I need to put on some more weight to get stronger.”