Shaili Singh was a silver medallist in Nairobi at the World Athletics Under-20 Championships ©Getty Images

Shaili Singh, who recently won a long jump silver medal at the World Athletics Under-20 Championships, will be a gold-medal contender at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, coach Robert Bobby George has claimed.

Singh jumped 6.59 metres to claim her silver medal in Nairobi, just 0.01m behind gold medallist Maja Åskag of Sweden.

The 17-year-old has worked with George for three years, and her coach believes she can achieve "bigger things" once she turns 18.

"I think you can expect bigger things from her once she turns 18," George told

"By the next year, Shaili will be a medal contender at senior meets too. 

"Shaili will be a medal contender at the 2022 Commonwealth Games; I would say she will be a gold-medal contender for the Asian Games next year as well. 

"She might qualify for the senior World Championship as well."

On her qualities, George said Singh has "fantastic speed", though he added her "power level has to improve" is she if is to compete at the "top international standard".

On the Under-20 Championships, George reflected: "She’s only 17 but is very spirited.

"She has been doing very well in nationals but I always knew she could do even better on a global platform and I am happy she was able to do that."

Singh was one of three Indian medallists at the Under-20 Championships, the first time India has won more than one medal at the elite junior world level.

Her success follows Neeraj Chopra's gold medal in the men's javelin at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, India's first Olympic track and field gold medal.