Deborah Herold, first Indian female cyclist to secure world’s no 4 position
Deborah Herold, a 20-year-old girl made all Indians proud by becoming the first Indian female cyclist to be ranked fourth as per World Elite UCI Women Ranking, issued by the Union Cycliste Internationale. Deborah collected 211 points in the 500m time trial to secure the fourth rank.
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, said Deborah Herold.
Deborah hails from Andaman and Nicobar. She survived tsunami that had hit Car Nicobar air base in 2004, where her father worked as an Air Force officer. Deborah was trained at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Andaman during her initial days. But, she shifted to Delhi four years ago for training at the IG Stadium.
Prior to the new ranking, Deborah was at the 10th place. It was because of her success in the Track Asia Cup held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in Delhi this November, Indian team has now reached the 13th position in the world rankings. Deborah Herold won a gold medal in the women’s elite sprint event in 13.614 seconds, beating South Korea’s Cho Sun Young.
Deborah’s credentials do not end here!! She won one gold medal, three silver medals and a bronze medal, at the Taiwan Cup Track International Classic event held in October this year. That made her the first ever Indian cyclist to achieve top honours in the women’s elite section.
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