Woman of Steel, Asha Singh sprints her way to glory at 55

Lucknow: When Asha Singh faced a life crippling accident four months ago, she was not aware that very soon she will be doing what many cannot really achieve. Hospitalised following a life-threatening car accident in USA, she was left with a broken shoulder, today she is back after a surgery and has managed to put her fractured and dislocated bones in place.

She has now run her maiden ultra-marathon (100km) completing it, only to become a talk of the town.  55-year-old Asha Singh is the only woman in the 100km open race where participants had to complete 240 rounds of the track of PAC Stadium, Mahanagar.

Organised by a fitness and wellness group in Lucknow, she was the oldest with the youngest racer being 22 years old a man. Asha finished the race – in 12 hours and 33 seconds – she was awarded the gold medal.

Asha holds the distinction of having 90 competitive races with 50 half-marathons (21.1km) and 25 full marathons (42.2km) under her belt.The run in the weekend was her first ever stadium run of a record 100 km. “It was smooth till around 70km, after which I started to lose speed. As I crossed the finishing line and created a personal record in ultra-running, the entire stadium buzzed with claps,” Asha told a daily.

Asha’s first run was in 2016 at the age of 51.

Asha’s husband has been quoted saying, “She’s made of steel.”

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