Esow Alben: Teen cyclist creates history by winning India's first ever medal at world level
Indian Teen cyclist Esow Alben (17) created history by winning the country’s maiden medal in track cycling at the world level. He achieved this feat by winning silver medal in Men’s Keirin event of UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships held in Aigle, Switzerland. In the final sprint of this event, Esow finished just 0.017 seconds behind gold medallist Jakub Stastny (Czech Republic).
Esow hails from Andaman and Nicobar. He is currently ranked world No. 1 in junior sprint category of cycling after sensational run in Asian Championships and victories in 2018 Cottbuser Sprint Cup 2, GP Brno Track Cycling competitions. This makes him first Indian to reach the top spot in cycling. He is also ranked world no. 3 in keirin event of cycling, where cyclists sprint for victory on track following controlled start. Esow had won hat-trick of gold medals at 2018 Asian Track Cycling Championships in Malaysia. In this event, he had won gold medals in individual and team event. He trains in Delhi at Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) National Cycling Academy.