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Priyanka Goswami after winning silver at CWG 2022

Priyanka Goswami

Priyanka Goswami hoped running would be adopted in a big way in India after her silver medal win at CWG 2022

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Priyanka Goswami made history in the women’s 10000m
  • Priyanka became the first Indian woman to win a CWG medal in racewalking after winning a silver medal
  • She hoped this would be the start of something big in India as far as sport is concerned
Priyanka Goswami made history on Saturday by becoming the first Indian woman to win a medal in racewalking at the Commonwealth Games when she won silver in the 10000m. Priyanka finished the 10K walking event with a personal best of 43 minutes and 38 seconds as she finished second behind Australia’s Jemima Montag.

Priyanka led the race for the first 4000 meters before being taken over by Montag and Kenya’s Emily Ngii for the next 4km. Priyanka then recovered in the last two kilometers and finished 64 seconds behind Monday. This win made her only the second Indian woman to win a CWG medal at the event, after Harminder Singh, who won bronze in 2010.

After winning the silver medal, Priyanka hoped that the medal will open the doors to running in India. “It feels good that I was able to win a medal in racewalking as not many people in India know about the sport. So after this medal, people will know there is a sport called racewalking,” she said after the event.

Priyanka, a former gymnast, also spoke about her move into athletics, saying that since running has always been part of her regime, she developed a love for the sport.

“When I was in gymnastics, there were fitness tests with running. From then on, I wanted to do athletics. From then on I had the urge to switch to athletics, but then took a break from studying.

“So when I restarted there were a few initial issues that I faced like anyone in athletics at the beginning. But step by step I got solutions and support and now everything is running smoothly,” she added.

Priyanka said she will slowly focus on the Paris Olympics, while saying it will be some time before that historic medal win sinks in for her.

“Right now I still can’t believe I’ve won a medal. But I’m happy to have made history as no woman has ever won a medal for the nation in racewalking. When I spoke to my head coach, he said I was going to win a medal. But I told him I was going to win the medal and I would definitely make history this time,” she said.

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