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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: On the International Women’s Day, Odisha’s proud daughter and promising cyclist Swasti Singh stole the show at the 25th National Road Cycling Championships by emerging champion in the 60 Km road mass start event under the elite women’s category in Mumbai on Monday. The competition is being held from March 5-8.

Swasti made the State Proud by completing the distance in 2:25.462 seconds to clinch the yellow metal.

Swasti from Rourkela had burst into the cycling scene in 2015 when she was in class VII. She has been grabbing everyone’s attention with her superb technique and buzzer beater timings since then.

She got the first break when she won four gold medals at her first State Cycling meet and then there was no looking back. In 2018 she went on to win her first national medal in the 15 km individual time trial event at the 23rd National Road Cycling Championships. She fell down from the cycle once during the race but still went on and finished third to bag the bronze medal.

In the same year Swasti won her first international gold medal at the age of 17 at the 5th Asian Cup Track Cycling. In 2019, she created a new national record of 2:35:161 seconds by beating her own previous record of 2:37:00 seconds to win a bronze medal at the Track Asia Cup Cycling Championships. She followed this with a silver medal in the 13th South Asian Games. At the 3rd Khelo India Youth Games, Swasti impressed one and all by bagging as many as two gold and a silver medal.

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