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Parul Choudhary

A record breaking athlete from Meerut, UP.

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Indiarunning
6 Jun, 24 | 7:28 AM5 min read
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The story of Parul Choudhary is a heartwarming tale of perseverance and success that extends beyond the athletics tracks. Born in 1995 in a small village in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, Parul grew up as a farmer's daughter, running barefoot in sugarcane farms. Her journey from these humble beginnings to setting national records and winning international awards and medals showcases her determination and dedication.

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Parul's passion for athletics began in school, where she ran alongside her sister in the 3000m race. Her talent and love for running soon became evident, and as she started training seriously, she shifted her focus to national events, competing in the 3km and 5km categories. Her hard work paid off, and in 2015, while competing at the national level, she was offered a job as a Ticket Collector by the Western Railways.

The year 2023 was a turning point in Parul’s career. She won gold in the 3000m steeplechase at the Asian Athletics Championships, gaining international recognition. In August of the same year, she set a national record in the 3000m steeplechase with a timing of 9:15.31, qualifying for the Olympics. Her success continued in October 2023, with a victory in the 5000m and a silver medal in the 3000m steeplechase.

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In recognition of her achievements, the Uttar Pradesh Government appointed her as a Deputy Superintendent of Police. She was honored with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2023, celebrating her outstanding performance in national sports. Parul was also named in the Forbes 30 under 30 list, marking her success not only as an athlete but also as a role model for young aspirants.

Parul Choudhary’s journey is a testament to breaking barriers and challenging norms. From running barefoot in rural fields to standing atop international podiums, her story embodies the spirit of determination and the power of dreams. As Parul continues to excel, she is rewriting the story of Indian athletics and inspiring a new generation to believe in their dreams.

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