Blog By : Riya Rathore

Khushbir Kaur couldn’t even afford to buy her shoes but continued to train barefoot as her determination to succeed pushed her to go further, Her hard work started paying dividends when she kept winning medals in the Junior race walking championships. Khushbir shifted base to Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar, where she trained under coach Baldev Singh, a former Asian Championship medallist. Her potential was first noticed at the Incheon Asian Games, two years ago, when she won silver medal with a timing of 1:33:07. The 23-year-old Khusbir has been setting the record books with her name right from a very young age. After winning bronze in the 10,000 metre walk race at the 2012 Asian Junior Athletics Championships held at Colombo, Sri Lanka, she also went on to participate in the World Championships back in 2013 in the 20 km walk category. She is currently the 20 km walk record holder in the women’s category. She should capitalise on the big opportunity at Rio 2016 Olympics under the guidance of her coach Alexander. ational record holder Khushbir’s name was there in the starting list but she chose not to take part in the women’s 20km event, which enraged the AFI bosses who had directed all the athletes to take part in the championships. Another top race walker, Manish Singh Rawat also did not take part despite his name being in the starting line-up of the men’s 20km event. Along with Khushbir, Manish has also been axed from the Indian team for the Asian Race Walking Championships, to be held in Nomi, Japan on March 20. A furious AFI Selection Committee Chairman Gurbachan Singh Randhawa, who watched the proceedings, said that those who did not take part today, will not be selected for the Asian Championships. He also recommended the AFI to throw out the likes of Khushbir and Manish from the national camp. Race walking is all about tactics, experience and intellect. Khushbir is very smart that way, she has a man’s brain in a girl’s head,” the Russian has said about Kaur.Just two months after turning 21, the young walker put up a demonstration of her maturity and confidence at the Incheon Asian Games. It was a show of quiet defiance from the Rasulpur Kalan girl who was warned twice during the race for lifting her legs. Yet she carried on unperturbed and raced into history.

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