TOPS-backed Simran Sharma wins Gold at World Para Athletics Championships Aims for Paris Paralympics

Simran Sharma

Simran Sharma, a para-athlete guided by her husband and coach, Gajendra Singh, has emerged as a beacon of resilience and determination. From facing mockery due to her visual impairment to clinching gold at the recent World Para Athletics Championships in Kobe, Japan, Simran’s journey is nothing short of inspiring.

Simran Sharma’s performance at World Para Athletics Championships

Simran secured the T12 200m gold in style, clocking an impressive time of 24.95 seconds. This victory marked India’s best-ever performance at the Championships, surpassing their previous record of 10 medals in Paris 2023. Coached by her husband, who serves in the Army Service Corps, Simran trains rigorously at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

Simran has consistently dominated the national circuit, winning the National Championship and the Indian Open titles in both the 100m and 200m events since 2022. She also clinched two silver medals at the Asian Para Games in Hangzhou last year.

In the inaugural Khelo India Para Games in December 2023, Simran’s prowess shone as she secured three gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and long jump events. Her exceptional performance led to her induction into the Target Olympic Podium Scheme.

Simran’s ambition knows no bounds. Not content with her World Championships gold, she now targets podium finishes in both the T-12 100m and 200m sprints at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. With the Paralympics scheduled from August 28 to September 8, Simran aims to bring home not one but two gold medals for her country.

Simran’s journey has been marked by setbacks, injuries, and challenges spanning seven years. Yet, her unwavering determination fueled her dream—to hear India’s National Anthem play on the international stage. Despite a disqualification in the 100m, Simran’s semifinal performance in the 200m secured her ticket to the French capital.

Reflecting on her journey, she shared, “The intention was to give my best shot, and I prayed to God to give me the strength to fulfil everyone’s expectations.”

Also Read: Indian Men’s Team Faces Quarterfinal Defeat Against Pakistan in Asian Squash Team Championships