This year, the teenage medal winners have been the talk of the most successful Asian Games campaign in India ever. On the one hand, likes of shooters Shardul Vihaan and Saurabh Choudhary have been in the attention, there is also a teen star who has sailed silently to a podium finish.
Harshita Tomar, who is now Sixteen-years old, has won a bronze medal. She won the medal in the Open Laser 4.7 sailing category in the Asian Games. By winning the bronze medal she has become the second youngest medalist after Chaudhary to win medal at the Asian Games.
For Harshita as well as her parents, who hail from Bhopal, this has been a crazy four days. She is the product of the Watersports Academy of Madhya Pradesh government under the Department of Sports and Youth Wing. She is the class 10 student and she very sincere about her performance. After her return, she Harshita was felicitated at the several places in Bhopal as well as in Delhi by PM
Harshita participated in the Open category opposite boys, and was able to secure a place on the podium. She is the only girl to do so. She said, “If I would have raced at home, the bronze I won in the Open category would have been a gold.” She said, “To prepare for the competition, my coaches made us to practice the race with the boys. Our training was intense and nationals also hold combined events,”
She further added that, “I started swimming from the age of two with my father Devendra Singh Tomar. While participating in a swimming competition that held in Hoshangabad, I got selected by the coaches. The people of the water sports department for sailing present at the event find my body weight and height perfect for the Laser class. And, then the journey to this competition started.”