Meet Deborah Herold, India’s First Woman to Qualify for Track Cycling World Championships

Deborah Herold's on fire. After delivering stellar performances in 2015, she's one among the only 20 cyclists in the world to qualify for the Track Cycling World Championships.

India’s cycling sensation Deborah Herold has created history. She’s become the first Indian woman to qualify for the Track Cycling World Championships.

The event will be held in London in March this year.


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The criteria for qualification is based on a cyclist’s points tally at Union Cycliste Internationale-organised events. This girl from the Andamans won five medals at the Taiwan Cup Track International Classic in October. In December she won three medals at the 2015 Track Asia Cup held in New Delhi, thereby qualifying for the championships.

However, the biggest personal reward for her came at the end of last year when she climbed 6 places and was ranked 4th in the world.

According to a report,  assistant secretary of the Cycling Federation of India V.N. Singh said that this was a result of the hard work put in by her and expressed pride over her qualification.

“This is another feather in her cap. It just goes to show what hard work and dedication can do, and we are all very proud of her. Only 20 cyclists in the world qualify for the event. Hers is really a phenomenal career graph,” he told Times of India.

Deborah is an inspiration to all. She is also a survivor of the Tsunami that hit Port Blair in 2004. Deborah was just nine years old and she spent a whole day hanging on a tree to survive.

Despite that terrifying incident, Deborah has proved her mettle. More power to you, girl.

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