Rower Dushyant Earns Respect By Winning Bronze Medal Despite High Blood Pressure

Dushyant's never give up attitude gets India bronze medal in men's lightweight singles sculls

Rower Dushyant battled high blood pressure to win bronze medal for India in the Asian Games 2018 in men’s lightweight single sculls. Dushyant collapsed at the finish line. During the medal ceremony he could not stand on the podium. He collapsed again and had to be carried on a stretcher to the hospital. The officials had to put him on drip and oxygen as he had trouble breathing.

This was 25-year-old’s second medal in Asian Games, his first one being in 2014. He gave India a positive start on Day 6 with a bronze medal clocking at a time of 7 minutes and 18.76 seconds, five minutes shy of the South Korean gold medallist Hyunsu Park.

Twitterati lauded Dushyant for not giving up despite getting drained during the race:

The Army man from Jhajjar, Haryana trains at the Army Rowing Node, Pune. He started his journey in 2012 and has won several medals since, including gold medal at Senior National Rowing Championships 2017, Asian Indoor Rowing Championship 2015 and others.

In 2016, Dushyant was diagnosed with chicken pox which led to his disqualification ahead of Rio Olympics 2016.

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More good news came India’s way as rowers Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh won gold medal in men’s quadruple sculls category. They clocked a time of 6 minutes and 17.13 seconds to clinch gold.