The term ‘steeplechase’ and the name ‘Sudha Singh’ are unknown in India. It is only recently that this sport and this athlete brought India glory. Obstacle Course racing is picking up steam and popularity in India. It is only a small percentage that know that the three thousand metres steeplechase event is a type of OCR and is also an Olympic event. Interestingly this event has been part of the Olympics since 1920.
The three thousand metres steeplechase event is a track and field obstacle race over three thousand meters. The event derives its name from the horse racing steeplechase. In India, we have a name that is synonymous with the three thousand metres steeplechase event. That name is Sudha Singh.
Who is Sudha Singh?
Sudha Singh became a national record holder in 2005 in the 3000m steeplechase event. In 2010, she made headlines, when she won the gold in Asian Games in Guangzhou. She has been unstoppable since then. She won another gold medal in the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar. She has also represented India in the Olympics in the years 2012 and 2016.
Her achievements despite the challenges
In 2018, she was dropped from her team on account of her age. They said she was too old. That year, she went on to achieve a silver medal in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta in the 3000m steeplechase event with a time of 9.40.04
Her outstanding and consistent performance won her the second highest sporting honour, the Arjuna award in 2012. It does not stop there, most recently, she was awarded India’s Fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Shri in the year 2021.
At the age of thirty-five, she trained hard in Bengaluru (Bengaluru) for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. Unfortunately, she failed to qualify. But that did not stop her from trying again.
“I’ve started training for the 2022 season. There are two important events: the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. My plan is to compete in both the competitions,” said the Arjuna Awardee in athletics.
Isn’t that inspiring? You can be anything you want to be at any time. You are the one that draws the boundaries and sets the limits.
What can children learn from Sudha Singh
It is never too late to start learning and to keep trying
Perseverance and hard work are important to succeed
Pursue your passion with passion
Do not be embarrassed about failures
Always focus on what you want to achieve and not what people say
At Learner Circle, we would like to encourage children to push their boundaries and to keep trying. We are constantly trying to reinvent ourselves to provide innovative platforms for learning. We believe it is important for children to constantly try new things to discover themselves and to grow. Experimenting and being spontaneous enhances personality development and cognitive skills. It is a very crucial step in early age development and learning new skills.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to explore new ways for your child to grow and learn. We are more than happy to guide your child onto a path of infinite learning.