Journey Of A Teen From Half Iron Lady To Asia's Youngest Iron Man

The age of talent is decreasing day by day and the legendary proof of this is a teenager hailing from Nashik. While others of her age were busy studying and preparing for board examinations, this teen went ahead and grabbed the iron man title with swag and became the youngest Asian woman to do so. She also became the first female from Nashik to ace it and made the whole nation proud.

Sunday was about making history

December 2, 2018 was the memorable day in life of Ravija Singal (19) as on this day she became the youngest Asian woman to have won the iron man title in Busselton, Australia by completing 3.8km swimming, 180km cycling and 42.2km running in 16:05:45. This is because of the persuasion she got from her family. Her father being a former iron man champion always motivated her for sports. Her brother himself excels at lawn tennis.

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"During the race, one thing that kept me going was my ability to disconnect from the world and focus on myself,” says Ravija.

Early victories

Ravija previously completed 3.8km swimming, 180km cycling and 42.2km running in just 16:05:45 and bagged the half iron lady title in Delhi on February 18, 2018 and became the first women in the city to so. Out of nine hours she got, she completed 1.9 km swimming in 33 minutes, 90 km cycling in 4.50 hours and utilized the rest of the time for running 21 km.

My parents inculcated sports at a very young age in us. My brother is a lawn tennis player pursuing engineering and I am pursuing medicine. Since standard V, we are into it and have never been pressurized to leave sports for studies,” she said.

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Champion for a reason

Ravija is a national level swimmer and has previously participated in national level events as well. She has won bronze medal in CBSE national level swimming championship. Her parents always supported her and never forced her to quit sports for studies. A huge credit for her achievements goes to her coach Mustafa Topiwala and Taher Kachwala as well as Dr. Milind Pimprikar who trained her scientifically and kept her progress in check. 

In fact, three months before my standard XII exams, I participated in DSO national swimming and CBSE national swimming and won bronze in CBSE. I am thankful to my coaches Mustafa Topiwala and Taher Kachwala. It was a planned event and I trained only for three months,” says Ravija.

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