In the long run
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.