Sanjana Joshi, a 17-year-old Nagpur resident, will represent India in the triathlon at the Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Birmingham, United Kingdom, from June 28 to July 8.
Sanjana is the first female athlete from Nagpur City to be selected for the Commonwealth Games, according to her coach and international extreme cyclist Dr. Amit Samarth, who spoke to the media at the SJAN headquarters. She was picked for the Sprint Distance Triathlon, which requires the participant to swim, cycle, and run as quickly as possible.
In a sprint distance triathlon, the race distance will be 750 metres swimming, 20 kilometres cycling, and 5 kilometres running.” India is competing in the Commonwealth Games for the first time with a triathlon squad.
Sanjana, a Somalwar Nilkalas student, told the reporters that she was confident of completing the distance in under an hour because she had been practicing regularly for 4 to 5 hours under the tutelage of Dr Amit Samarth of Miles N Millers Endurance Sports Academy. Last month, she attended an Indian Triathlon Federation selection and evaluation camp in Chennai. In addition to Sanjana, Pragnya Mohan of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, has been chosen for the same event.
On April 19, a super sprint distance triathlon trial for selection of 2 girls for India representation was organised and Sanjana stood second among the three girls. She went through a fitness test. Sanjana is also selected to represent India at the Asian Sprint Triathlon Championship at Sejong, South Korea on June 4.