Khushbir Kaur Wins Silver in 20 Kilometre Walk


Khushbir Kaur with her silver medal (Getty Images)

Khushbir Kaur gave India its first medal on the 9th day of the Asian Games – a silver medal in women’s 20km walk. With a timing of 1:33:07, she shattered the national record – her own record set at 2014 Asian Walking Championships in Japan.
The 21-year-old who hails from Rasulpur Kalan in Amritsar thus scripted her name in history by becoming the first Indian woman to achieve this rare feat.

Lu Xiuzhi of China, who clocked 1:31:06 clinched the gold while the bronze went to Jeon Yeongeun of South Korea, who clocked 1:33:18. Khushbir was trailing Chinese Nie Jingjing for the most part of the race till the last 2 km where she managed to accelerate and the Chinese lost her pace and finished fourth.

Khushbir who burst into prominence by winning the bronze in the 10,000-metre walk at the 2012 Asian Junior Athletics Championships held at Colombo, is supported by the Anglian Medal-Hunt Company.

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