Ravija Singal (19) from Nashik turned into the youngest Asian lady to win the Iron Man title at Busselton, Australia.
She is also the first woman from Nashik to get the title. Her father, Nashik police commissioner Ravinder kumar Singal, had bagged away the Iron Man 2018 title in France on August 26.
The occasion included 3.8 km swimming, 180 km cycling and 42.2 km running, which must be finished in 17 hours. Ravija completed it in 16:05:45. A national-level swimmer, Ravija had also is now the youngest half Iron Man from Nashik on February 18 this year.
Addressing media over phone from Busselton, Ravija stated, “It feels great to be on same platform as my dad. My parents are my heroes. What makes them proud makes me happy.
I likewise feel inspired, happy and blessed that I am the youngest female Iron Man in Asia. I just want girls to come forward and participate in occasions like these. I am in support of girl power.”
The age of the members is from 18-90 years. Other than three from India, there were members from nations, for example, China, Japan, France and England.
“Amid the race, one thing that kept me up was my ability to disconnect from the world and focus on myself.
I kept talking to myself, I kept telling to myself that I will make it to the finish line with the tricolor on my shoulders. Like some other game, Iron Man additionally demands 70% mental and 30% physical strength. You simply must have confidence in yourself because that at day’s end it is about what you tell yourself. Your body is an tool of your brain,” Ravija said.
Her coach, Mustafa Topiwala, had already declared her Iron Man days before the occasion happened. “She is very focused and disciplined and she will definitely bag the title,” he had said.