Harmilan Kaur Bains is a second-generation Middle Distance Athlete (Sprinter) who competes in the 800m and 1500m categories.The record speed which she achieved during the 60th National Open Athletics Championship at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Hanamkonda (Warangal) on 16 September 2021, was not enough for her to qualify for the World Athletics Championships 2022 to be held in Oregon (United States). Harmilan Kaur after winning the Gold at the National Open Athletics Championships 2021 in Warangal.While she was running in the 1500m race where she broke the national record, it was in the last 20 to 30 meters, she realized that she can break the national record. Two days later after she broke the national record in 1500m, she also grabbed the top spot in 800m. Harmilan Kaur running.Her father is a former 1500m runner who won many international medals in this game while her mother won a silver medal in 800m at the Asian Games 2002 and has been honored with the Arjuna Award by the Government of India. Harmilan Kaur with her family.Her mothers dream was to put her in Lawn Tennis rather than athletics as the latter requires intensive hard work and determination. On the other hand, Lawn Tennis is a glamorous sport. But there was no coaching available for Lawn Tennis in their village. So, Harmilans father suggested her mother to put her in Athletics.During her childhood, she would seldom hear fairytale tales and more sports stories. As a result, she lost interest in sports. Her father wanted her to compete in games. He would leave her on the ground and asked her to run. She would stop running a minute after her father left. Harmilan Kaur Bains.During her practice, she use to saw boys playing dodgeball, and then one day she told her mother that she also wants to play Dodgeball. Her mother then agrees on a condition that only after she runs one full round of the ground, she would allow her to play that game. She agreed. Her interest in dodgeball started increasing. At that time, her father used to organize football in their village. He also included athletics alongside football. Harmilan once took part in that athletics game and came second. So annoyed with her second position that she decided to quit athletics. But soon her mother convinced her to continue her athletics game. The next time when she competed, she came first. From thereon, her interest in games rosed and soon she started gaining proficiency in this sport. She recalled that incident by saying, The sprint which helped me beat that boy when I was only seven infused interest for running in me..In 2015, her father approached the Himachal Pradesh Government to allow her to train at the synthetic tracks of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Dharamshala for which they agreed. She told in an interview that It was a big emotional for both of us. My father couldnt hide his tears, but I started enjoying my stint there gradually. That was the start, not planned but thats how it was destined to be. Since then at an age of 18, she has been working with the professional coach along with the guidance of her parents. Harmilan Kaur with the Minister of Youth affairs and sports Anuraj Thakur.Next year, she won the gold at the national-level competition in all the categories she competed. Soon, people started recognizing her. She was gaining more interest in this sport and her hunger for success kept on increasing.