Khushbir Kaur, 23: Khushbir Kaur couldn’t even afford to buy her shoes but continued to train barefoot as her determination to succeed pushed her to go further, Her hard work started paying dividends when she kept winning medals in the Junior race walking championships. Khushbir shifted base to Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar, where she trained under coach Baldev Singh, a former Asian Championship medallist. Her potential was first noticed at the Incheon Asian Games, two years ago, when she won silver medal with a timing of 1:33:07. The 23-year-old Khusbir has been setting the record books with her name right from a very young age. After winning bronze in the 10,000 metre walk race at the 2012 Asian Junior Athletics Championships held at Colombo, Sri Lanka, she also went on to participate in the World Championships back in 2013 in the 20 km walk category. She is currently the 20 km walk record holder in the women’s category. She should capitalise on the big opportunity at Rio 2016 Olympics under the guidance of her coach Alexander.
Event- Women’s 20km walk
Event Date- August 19
Record- Personal best of One hour 33 minutes and 37 seconds in the 20km race walk.
Career Highlights – She won bronze in the 10,000-metre (6.2 mi) walk race at the 2012 Asian Junior Athletics Championships