Rising out of the ashes: Navjeet Kaur Dhillon’s story

March 14, 2018

AthleticsNavjeet Kaur Dhillon

The Indian sporting community is well aware of the exploits of Seema Punia, CWG Gold medallist and Asian Games champion. However, there is a new kid on the block and she too is very impressive. While Punia bagged the gold in the Federation Cup, Navjeet Kaur Dhillon came a close second to bag silver. The 23-year-old from Punjab is one of the brightest athletes to have come out of the state in recent times.

Dhillon had won a bronze in the World Junior Championship in 2014 and became only the second Indian to do so. But such is the tragedy of life in Indian sports that she wasn’t able to find a sponsor even after this achievement. Life hasn’t been a bed full of roses, she admits. After a series of failures at the international level, Dhillon surprised everyone when she threw 59.18m to make the cut for the Commonwealth Games.

She credits her elder brother, who took pains to fund her dream. She is targeting the next Olympics. ‘To qualify for the Olympics one has to hit 61m, something which is not beyond me. But I am too young. Tokyo 2020 is my target.’ The Gold Coast is waiting for Dhillon to make a mark and many would be rooting behind her.

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