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The flying daughter of India; Asha Roy

By PN Team Posted on Jul, 31 2017

The doughter of a veggetable seller is currently the fastest Indian on the track, setting a record at the National Open Athletic Champiaoship in Kolkata in 2011.


Asha's early life 

Roy was born in Ghansyampur a villege in Hooghly District of the Indian state of West Bengal on 5 January 1990, to Bholanath Roy,a dood-to-door vegetable seller, and Bulu roy, a homemaker. Asha is the third among four doughter of Bholanath Roy. The Roy family lives in adject poverty and the sprinter usually was only able to eats two meals a day with little attention to the kind of nutrition the top athlets need.


Roy studied for her bachlor 's degree at the Sriamporen College of the Hooghly district. Roy was promised a job and monetary assistance after her perfformance at the NationalOpen Meet by both the Indian Railways and state Government of West Benga.  However, it took Roy almost a year to get a job. Roy was approached by a few Kolkata-based companies to join them as a brand  ambassador, but all the apportunities ended in nought. Roy had almost decidedto quit the sport, between january 2011 and february  2012, when finally an apportunity came her way. Roy  joined South Eastern Railways office in February 2012.



Roy trained under a coach Probir Chandra, who had first spotted Roy when she finished first  at a school meet as a student of the third grade. coach Chandra  approached Roy's father to discuss her talent  and took  the full responsibility for  her training. Roy becme a member of the Bengal Athletic Team when she was in the fifth grade and she participated in the Nationals when she was in the sixth grade.


1- In 2004-  Roy won four gold medal  and was named the best athletic in the school games.

2- In 2006- Roy achieved the second position in the long jump as well as in the 100-meter dash at the junior National.

3- In 2009- Roy won the gold medal for the 100-meter dash at the indo-Bengal International Meet.

4- In 2010- Roy won a  silver  medal at the University meet. 

5- In 2011- Roy participated in the 100-mete,200-meter,and 4X100-meter  Relay races at the 51st National Open Athletic Championship hosted at the "Yuva Bharti Krirangan, Kolkata". She bagged the gold medal for the 100-meter rac, finishing in 11:85 second and  for the 200-meter race , finishing 24:36 seconds. Roy also anchored the Bengal's 4X100m  relay team, bagging the silver medal with a timing of 47:49 seconds at the Championship. It was after her performance at the Open  National Championship  that her career took off.

6- In 2013- Roy made her come back by winning the gold medal for the 200-meter race in the second Indian Grand Prix Championship in the Patiala. Roy also was able to improve her previous best  of 24:33 seconds  pin the 200-meters race and set a new meet record, timing  24:23 seconds. Roy went on to win the silver  medal for 200m in the Asian Track and field at the 20th Asian Athletic Championship in pune on 7July  2013. The West Bengal Athletic Association felecitated Roy on 17 July 2013 and awarded her with Rs. 50,000 and gifts from the State Association.

7- In 2015- Under the guidence of her Chief National Coach in the sprinting Tarun Saha,  Asha Roy had been training to participate in Rio Olympic in the  200-meter race  represent the Railways. Roy was in the national preparatory camp for the Rio Olympic in Thiruvanthpuram when her waist injury became worse and she could no longer  continue to train. Roy's condition began deteriorating after she  began training at the Kolkata SAL campus, leading toher inability to perform at the Rio Olympic.


(Inputs from Wikipedia)

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