Ever wondered participating in an international marathon at a young age of seven? At that age one must be thinking of going around the play ground to catch friends or even football rounds. However, this nine-year-old has set a world record at such a tender age.
Hailing from a small village called Guda Bishnoiyan, nearly 30km from Jaipur, Pooja Bishnoi is full of discipline and dedication that even some grown-ups lack.
It was at the age of three, when Pooja fell far behind some of the boys during a race with them. “I was playing one evening and noticed some boys running in the area. I expressed my wish to my uncle Sarwan to run with the boys. They arranged a playful race. I lost. And immediately told my uncle to teach me running,” said Pooja.
This farmer’s daughter has also added a milestone to her achievements by becoming Asia’s youngest girl to have six-abs. At the age of six, Pooja covered a distance of 10 kilometres in just 48 minutes, during a marathon in Jodhpur.
In November 2019, she ran a distance 3 kilometres in 12 minutes, in an Under-14 world record that she achieved at the Sportygo tournament in Delhi.
Pooja sets her day by waking up at 3 am and continues practicing until 7 or 8 am. The girl then attends school (or online classes these days), takes rest in the afternoon and trains again in the evening.
The young athlete also follows a strict diet involving dry fruits, fruits, proteins and no social life.
Supported by her maternal uncle, Sarwan Budhia, who is officially her coach, and also by Virat Kohli foundation, Pooja is passionate about winning gold for India in Olympics 2024.