Sapna Punia
Country India
Date of Birth 1988-01-02
Age 32 years
Birth Place India
Major Teams India
Playing Details 20km Walk
Sapna Punia, Women 20km Race Walk, Athletics
  • Group
    19th Aug, 11:00pm


  • Sapna's timing of one hour, 35 minutes, 36 seconds in finishing fourth in the women's 20km walk at the Asian Race walking Championships in Japan in March 2016 was enough after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) lowered the qualification marks for Rio Qualification.



A sub-inspector with the Rajasthan Police, Sapna is the national record holder in 20 km walk. She set this at the 2015 national games with a time of 1:40:35.70 hr. Two years ago in the national Open meet in New Delhi, she had won the gold medal and the entire police force felicitated her with a cash award.


For one so earnest a slice of luck in the form of a lowering of entry standards by the IAAF came as help in the qualification procedure. Sapna had clocked 1:35:36 hr to finish fourth in the Asian Race Walking championship held at Nomi City in Japan in March 2015.


Sapna did not take part in the World team championship in Rome in May this year. Nonetheless as part of the Indian contingent, she was off in May to Poland for the final preparations and is to directly reach Rio from there. This Jaipur girl had an earlier stint of training abroad in Portugal last year.