SAPNA PUNIA

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Sapna Punia is an born in 2 January 1988 . sapna is racewalker Sapna’s timing of one hour, 35 minutes, 36 seconds in finishing fourth in the women’s 20km walk at the Asian Race walking Championships in Japan in March 2016 was enough after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) lowered the qualification marks for Rio Qualification. A sub-inspector with the Rajasthan Police, Sapna is the national record holder in 20 km walk. She set this at the 2015 national games with a time of 1:40:35.70 hr. Two years ago in the national Open meet in New Delhi, she had won the gold medal and the entire police force felicitated her with a cash award. For one so earnest a slice of luck in the form of a lowering of entry standards by the IAAF came as help in the qualification procedure. Sapna had clocked 1:35:36 hr to finish fourth in the Asian Race Walking championship held at Nomi City in Japan in March 2015. The 26-year-old is not content with having qualified for the Olympics. Sapna wants to improve her timing and is eyeing an improvement at the National Open Race Walk competition in Jaipur in February.

As an athlete, Sapna is used to defying the odds and proving doubters wrong. Sapna is one of the two Indian women race walkers who have qualified for the Rio Olympics. Sapna’s timing of one hour, 35 minutes, 36 seconds in finishing fourth in the women’s 20km walk at the Asian Race walking Championships in Japan in March was enough after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) lowered the qualification marks. Sapna underwent a training camp in Portugal under coach Miguel Jorge Miguel. She believes it taught her a lot about diet and fitness.”Training in Portugal was an eye-opener. I learnt how important it is to keep track of not only your fitness but your diet as well. It also taught me to adapt to conditions,Sapna did not take part in the World team championship in Rome in May this year. Nonetheless as part of the Indian contingent, she was off in May to Poland for the final preparations and is to directly reach Rio from there. This Jaipur girl had an earlier stint of training abroad in Portugal last year.

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