Punjab Athletes Akshdeep Singh and Manju Rani Secure National Championship Titles in Open Walk Racing Competition

Punjab Athletes Akshdeep Singh and Manju Rani Secure National Championship Titles in Open Walk Racing Competition

Punjab Athletes Akshdeep Singh and Manju Rani Secure National Championship Titles in Open Walk Racing Competition

Chandigarh, January 30 – Akshdeep Singh and Manju Rani from Punjab emerged victorious in the Men’s and Women’s categories respectively, clinching the top spots in the 20 km walk event at the 11th National Open Walk Racing Competition held in Chandigarh. Their remarkable performances have brought immense pride to Punjab.

In an impressive display of dominance, Punjab athletes claimed three out of the first five positions in the Men’s category and two out of the top four positions in the Women’s category.

Punjab Sports Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer extended his heartfelt congratulations to both Akshdeep Singh and Manju Rani, acknowledging their outstanding achievements. Akshdeep Singh, hailing from Kahneke village in Barnala district, not only holds the national record but has also secured qualification for the Paris Olympic Games. Similarly, Manju Rani, representing Khaira Khurd village in Mansa district, has previously won a Bronze medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games and set a national record.

Emphasizing the government’s commitment to uplifting sports in Punjab, Minister Meet Hayer highlighted the efforts led by Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Singh Mann. Recently, Chief Minister Mann honored Manju Rani with a substantial cash prize of Rs. 50 lakh, while Akshdeep Singh received Rs. 5 lakh for his Olympic qualification.

In the ongoing championship at Sukhna Lake, Akshdeep Singh clinched the Gold medal in the Men’s 20 km walk with an impressive timing of 1.19.38. Arshpreet Singh and Sahil from Punjab secured the fourth and fifth positions respectively. In the Women’s category, Manju Rani secured the Gold medal with a timing of 1.33.00, while Ramandeep Kaur from Punjab finished fourth.

The stellar performances of Akshdeep Singh and Manju Rani underscore Punjab’s prowess in the realm of sports and reflect the state’s dedication to nurturing athletic talent.

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