Harmilan Bains: Asian Games Silver to Olympics

Harmilan Bains

Harmilan Bains: Reflecting on Her Asian Games Journey and Olympic Aspirations

The recently concluded Asian Games in Hangzhou saw the Indian athletics team shine, contributing significantly to India’s impressive medal tally. One standout athlete was Harmilan Bains from Punjab, who clinched two silver medals in the 800m and 1500m events. In an exclusive conversation with WION, Harmilan shared her reflections on her journey at the Asian Games 2023 and her ambitions for the upcoming Olympics.

Harmilan’s Goal: Gold at Asian Games
Harmilan expressed that her primary goal was to secure a gold medal at the Asian Games, a target she had diligently prepared for in the preceding months. She acknowledged the support of her team, both physically and psychologically, in her pursuit. While she fell short of the gold, she returned with two silver medals, a remarkable achievement.

Carrying on Her Mother’s Legacy
Notably, Harmilan’s mother, Madhuri Singh, had won a silver medal in the 2002 Busan Asian Games in the 800m event. Harmilan has now followed in her mother’s footsteps, securing her own medals in Hangzhou. The Indian athletics team delivered a stellar performance, amassing 29 medals, including six gold, 14 silver, and nine bronze medals. Their contribution was pivotal in India’s record-breaking medal haul.

Aspiring for Olympic Qualification
Harmilan also shared her aspirations for the upcoming Paris Olympics, emphasizing her desire to secure qualification for the prestigious event. Despite narrowly missing out on qualification in August, she remains determined to book her spot at the Olympics, which are just ten months away. Harmilan is motivated by the success of fellow athletes like Neeraj Chopra and Avinash Sabale, who have inspired her to pursue her Olympic dreams.

Harmilan Bains’ remarkable performance at the Asian Games and her dedication to achieving Olympic qualification highlight her commitment to excellence in athletics. As she continues her journey, she aims to carry the nation’s flag at the Paris Olympics, fulfilling a long-standing dream.

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By- Sahiba Suri

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