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Harminder wins 20km walk bronze

Harminder Singh, 26, won bronze in the walking event here on Saturday. This was the first medal ever for India in walk at the Commonwealth Games.

india Updated: Oct 10, 2010 00:48 IST
Priya Mahendroo

Harminder Singh, 26, won bronze in the walking event here on Saturday. This was the first medal ever for India in walk at the Commonwealth Games.

"It means the world to me. I don't have words to describe what I am feeling right now. My life is attached with walking and I have been practising for the last four years for this event," said Harminder, who is in the Indian Army.

Australia's Jared Tallent and Luke Adams won gold and silver, respectively.

Son of a farmer in Patiala, Harminder decided to be a walker in 2002, but his parents did not approve of it.

“My father wasn't happy with the decision but I explained to him that this is what I wanted to do in life,” said Harminder.

In discus throw, India's Vikas Gowda qualified for the final. Gowda was placed second with 60.83 behind England's Carl Myerscough. Benn Harradine of Australia topped the discus chart with 61.98.

England's Louise Hazel won the heptathlon event after finishing with 6156 points. India's Pramilla Guddanda and Sushmita Roy Singha finished fifth and sixth, with 5330 and 5120 points, respectively. They should qualify for Asian Games.