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Priya Motiani

JWB Blogger

No. 4 On World Cycling Rankings Is This Indian Woman – Deborah Herold

  • JWB Post
  •  December 14, 2015

 

India has another reason to be proud! And again, it is because of a woman. The 20-year old cycling star and brave Tsunami survivor Deborah Herold has rewritten her name and the name of her country, in the pages of cycling history.

Deborah bagged one gold and two silver medals in the recent Track Asia Cup by ranking tenth. She collected 211 points in 500m time trial and secured fourth place in the World Elite UCI (International Cycling Union) ranking released by UCI.

Her remarkable performance in the 3-day event brought greater glory to India by raising its world ranking to 13th, and by making it the the highest ranking Asian country in 500m time trial in which China occupies the 15th spot.

“I am happy that I am the first Indian cyclist to reach this stage, but I want to improve more. I aim to be No. 1. I would like to thank our federation and government for their continuous support. I am working hard to qualify for the Olympics now,” says Deborah.

Here’s what Onkar Singh, the Secretary General of Cycling Federation of India, had to say about the great feat:

“We are very happy that Indian Cyclists are improving day by day and I’m sure that Deborah will bring more laurels for the country. After looking at the recent outstanding performance of Indian cyclists, World Cycling Centre in Switzerland has announced 75% concession to Indian cyclist to train in Switzerland. After which the federation has decided to send Kejia Vargheese and Deborah Herold along with their coach R K Sharma for training in Switzerland till the Asian Championship in Japan early next year.”

Go win the world, Deborah! Need we say we are proud?

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