India's Suraj Panwar settled a silver in men's 5000m race walk event in the ongoing Youth Olympic Games 2018 .With this India has opened the country's medal account in athletics. 17 year old Panwar won the stage 2 competition by clocking 20 minutes and 35.87 seconds on Monday night and finished for second spot overall.
Worth mention here in a new format, there are no finals in track and field with the exception of 4km cross-country in the Youth Olympics .Each event is held two times, with results from both rounds while counting towards the final standings.
On a related note, Panwar had finished second in the first stage in 20.23.30s, and he was behind Patin Oscar of Ecuador who finished second in Stage 2, clinched the gold with timings of 20:13.69s and 20:38.17s.
Panwar's total time of 40:59.17s was more than seven minutes and slower than Oscar's 40:51.86s. In the same event Puerto Rico's Jan Moreu finished third to won the bronze.
For those who don’t know this is India's first athletics medal in this edition and third overall. Arjun (men's discus throw) and Durgesh Kumar (men's 400m hurdles) had won a silver each in the inaugural edition in 2010.