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Ludhiana, September 18: He opted for swimming just for the sake of playing with friends but after eight years of consistent hard work, this Ropar based swimmer has emerged as the 40th ranked swimmer of the world, an, Asian record holder, besides being the current national champion. Puneet Rana, the 21-year-old swimmer is reaching new heights every day and is the country’s hope at the Olympics and Asian Games.

Rana boasts of being the only swimmer from the state who created national records in 50, 100 and 200m breast stroke events with timings of 29:85 s, 1:05:05 and 2:22:71 respectively. Speaking about his swimming career with ‘Sportsline’ Rana said, “My first medal at National level was a bronze won at Junior Nationals held in the year 1998. Then in the year 2002, I started competing in senior category. At South Asian Federation (SAF) Games held at Islamabad (Pakistan) in 2004, I won two gold medals in 50m (31:00:00) and 100m (1:07:91) and even broke the meet record of Deepak Kumar of India in these events. In July this year, I represented the country in FINA World Aquatic Championship held at Montreal (Canada). At this championship, I won no medal but my world ranking came to 40. The best moment in my life came at the Asian Age Championship held at Bangkok recently where I created a new Asian record in 50m Breast Stroke event and also won a silver medal.

This engineer who completed his degree course from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh is currently pursuing his MBA from Punjab University and is even contemplating giving up sports. “I am sure that one day or the other, I will represent the country in Olympics and Asian Games and can also win a medal but what will happen after that? So the only hope one has is from education. So I continue with education and hope to make it in some other career also”.

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