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Bengal cop does it again, wins gold

Constable Sushen Roy at the sports meet in Los Angeles

Aug. 12: Sushen Roy, the Bengal cop who had bagged the long-jump gold at the World Police and Fire Games in Los Angeles on Thursday, won his second gold this morning.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted a congratulatory message for the second consecutive day today. "Congratulations again. Sushen Ray of Bengal police for winning another Gold Medal at World Police Games in LA, USA. This one for triple jump."

An ace sportsperson, constable Roy, 32, leapt 13.95m in the triple jump to bag his second gold.

Roy, who got recruited in the police force in the sports quota, has won several national and state-level medals. But these are his first international victories.

"While leaving he had said he would prove his mettle. Now that the chief minister is tweeting congratulatory messages, he is finding it difficult to believe he has done it," Roy's wife Sonai told Metro today.

Triple jump is Roy's speciality, his superiors at the Barrackpore armed police office said.

The event was earlier known as Hop-Step-Jump. An athlete has to hop, step on a plank and then plunge into the sandpit.

British athlete Jonathan Edwards holds the world record of 18.29m in triple jump, while Indian athlete Renjith Maheswary holds the national record of 17.3m.

Roy also ran a 100m race in this meet but finished fifth.

His last event is a 4X400m relay race. Roy is scheduled to return on August 20.

"He was being treated for hamstring injury... he was in lot of pain. But the moment he's on the track, he is a different person. He forgets everything else," Sonai said.

Roy is the first Bengal cop to represent India at the global sports meet. He's part of a team of 111 cops and firefighters from across the country.

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