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LUCKNOW: Ten years in the past, this UP lady’s resolve for victory on tracks was for successful a bag that was at stake. On Saturday, it culminated right into a nationwide file and a ticket to Tokyo Olympics and for the World Athletics Championship in Oregon.
Priyanka Goswami, 25, shattered the nationwide file within the 20-km stroll on the eighth open nationwide and 4th worldwide race strolling championship in Ranchi on Saturday with a timing of 1:28:45. She broke Bhawna Jat’s file of 1:29.54 set on the similar occasion final yr. This, nevertheless, was not a fluke. After becoming a member of the Railways in March 2018 by means of sports activities quota, Priyanka gained two silver medals at nationwide degree in 2017-2018.
She additionally bagged gold within the all-India railway competitors (2018) and has participated in World Walk Championship in Italy (Rome) and in Asian Walk Championship Japan.
“I had made up my mind last year when I missed the event by a narrow margin of 36 seconds. It was then that I decided to make it to the international meet this year. Luckily, I got two qualifications (World Cup and Olympic),” Priyanka advised TOI from Ranchi.
“I am not able to believe this is true as I am emotionally overwhelmed. Now, I want to win gold for my country,” mentioned Priyanka, who’s at present being educated by two-time Olympian Gurmeet Singh.
“Iwas being groomed as a gymnast till Class 8… but after atwo-year break I got inclined towards track and field events at the age of 12. During childhood, I failed many times but didn’t give up and neither my parents nor my principal Usha (at Seth BK Maheshwari Inter College, Meerut) lost hope. She’d allow me to attend classes once a week so I could train myself,” she recalled.
Priyanka did her commencement (arts) from Patiala. She scored 72% in highschool and 58% in intermediate. “My journey to race walking began with my ‘zid’ (firm resolve) to win a bag at a district-level track and field event organised in Meerut (January, 2011). After I lost in various categories, my coach B K Vajpayee and Gaurav Tyagi forced me to participate in race walking, which I won (third position). Later, I won gold and silver while representing Meerut at junior national level walk racing. I never looked back since,” she added.
Her father, Madan Goswami, is a contractual bus conductor with UPSRTC and is at present underneath suspension. Originally hailing from Sagdi village of Muzaffarnagar, her household of 5 at present resides in Meerut. Her youthful brother, Kapil Goswami (22), is a boxer however needed to take up a personal job in Delhi because of the poor monetary situation of the household.


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