Siddhartha AK, a BBA student at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, set a new Games record in pole vault and won the gold medal at the Khelo India University Games. He jumped 4.90m, while Kuldeep Kumar won silver with 4.80m and M Gautam won bronze with the same score. Siddhartha dedicated his medal to his family and aims to become the best pole vaulter in the country and represent India in the world meet. His personal best is 4.92m.
Young athlete Siddhartha AK on Wednesday hogged the limelight in athletics events of the Khelo India University Games, setting a new Games record in the pole vault while bagging the gold medal.
The current national pole vault record is 5.31m, which Subramani Silva set at the 2022 National Games that were held in Gujarat. When asked about beating this record, Siddhartha said, “I didn’t think much about it. I just wanted to give my best. Will see what happens in the future. If I keep working hard, the result will automatically be better.”
Siddhartha jumped 4.40 meters for the first time in February 2019 at the India School Games held in Nadiad. He cleared over 4.50m in August and then went on to clear 4.80m at the India U20 Championships held in Trivandrum in September same year.
Siddhartha, who has cleared a height of 4.90 meters in the National Games held in Gujarat in October 2022, said his aim was to become the best pole vaulter in the country. “I want to become the best pole vaulter in the country and I want to represent India in the world meet. I am working hard for this and will continue to do so.