In the long run

India Today - - SIMPLY KOLKATA -

Stand­ing tall at 5’10”, Sus­mita Singha Roy cuts a pretty pic­ture as she read­ies her­self on the side­lines of the run­ning tracks. “Grow­ing up in Medinipur, nearly 130 km from Kolkata, I used to spend hours sim­ply watch­ing ath­letes while they were train­ing,” she says. Though she started her ca­reer with high jump in 2000, she switched to hep­tathlon two years later.

THE JOUR­NEY Hav­ing left her parental home al­most a decade ago to train at the Sports Au­thor­ity of In­dia fa­cil­ity in Kolkata, Roy has man­aged to com­plete her grad­u­a­tion de­spite her un­for­giv­ing train­ing sched­ules. She has come a long way from the days of her first youth cham­pi­onship in Moscow in 2000. Since then, she has been part of pres­ti­gious sport­ing com­pe­ti­tions like the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics, the 2009 World Cham­pi­onships, and Asian Games in 2010, rank­ing sixth and fourth in the two most re­cent com­pe­ti­tions. Cur­rently hold­ing a world rank­ing of 73 in hep­tathlon, Roy has 6029 points in her kitty. With her sights set on the qualifiers of the 2012 Lon­don Olympics and the 2014 Asian Games, Roy trains for nearly seven hours a day.

Con­tact: sus­mita.hepta@gmail.com

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