Rower Dushyant only source of joy for India with bronze in single sculls

first_imgDushyant Chauhan during the lightweight men’s single sculls rowing event on Wednesday.Armyman Dushyant Chauhan probably wants to take the Chungju Tanhgeum Lake International Rowing Centre with him wherever he goes. The centre, situated 100km from the city, has been a lucky charm for him so far.Last year, Dushyant won silver in quadruple sculls at the world championships at this very site. And while the hardworking 21-year-old rower did falter over the final stretch of the 2000m lightweight single sculls final, he still picked up an Asian Games bronze medal on Wednesday.Unlike most other athletes at the Games, who live in veritable luxury at the athletes’ village, the rowers have to take the rough with the smooth. While their competitors get the best facilities to train, the Indians are consigned to the Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad. A large part of their careers is wasted waging a battle for procuring top-class equipment.But their determination and hunger for success makes them get on with their jobs. Dushyant epitomises this spirit. Dushyant started as a kabaddi player before experts in the Indian Army felt he was suited to rowing. And the results are there to see as he pulled through a difficult field. Dushyant finished the first part of the race (1,000m) in one minute 49.08 seconds.In fact, he was, at that point, first in the field of six rowers, among whom Hong Kong’s Kwan Hoi Lok eventually ended up with the gold.The weather was cool and the wind conditions not difficult but it seemed the pressure got to Dushyant as he dropped to third over the last few hundred metres.advertisement”I thought I had better chances in this event,” said Dushyant, who dropped six kgs – from 78 to 72kg – in order to compete in this event. He timed 7 minutes 26.57 seconds, one and a half seconds behind Lok and half a second behind Korea’s Lee Haek-beom, who won silver.Dushyant is a firm believer in destiny and wears a gold chain with a pendant of Goddess Durga around his neck. As the Navratra festival approaches, he would certainly feel the medal is the Almighty’s blessing.last_img

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