The team of Indian Roller Skaters helped the country to claim the first ever International medal in the sport. The trio of Vikram Ingale, Nikhilesh Tabhane and Dhanush Babu have won India’s first ever senior international roller skating medal, by securing the bronze medal in the 3000m team relay event in Lishui.
This is the first time in India’s two decades competitive roller skating history that a medal has been secured in a racing event. In 2010, Arjuna Awardee Anup Kumar Yama secured two bronze medals in the Artistic roller skating event, which is aesthetically different from the racing tournaments.
The final was contested amongst five teams, with South Korea winning the gold, China finishing second and India narrowly pipping Chinese Taipei to the third position. Iran and Indonesia completed the finals lineup, finishing fourth and fifth respectively. Heading into the last 1000m, India was languishing in the fourth spot, but a quick burst of speed by Dhanush saw him cross the line, ahead of his opponent from Chinese Taipei.