Doha, UAE | Asia Samachar |11 May 2015
India’s 800m versatile runner Beant Singh was in the spotlight on Day 2 of the 1st Asian Youth Athletics Championships in Doha, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The young Indian was in a class of his own in the two-lap event and strode to a comfortable victory, clocking 1.52.26, among top fastest time in the world this year in the youth category, reports Athleticsasia.org.
The report quoted him as saying: “I was feeling really good for this race and I have been preparing really well for this competition, so to win is a great satisfaction. I have only been in athletics for a short time, two or three years. I was a wrestler before and I was picked for a national team camp by World Champion and Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar. It was at this moment that I noticed I had a talent for middle distance running and I was encouraged to switch to athletics. Sushil remains a very big inspiration for me.
“Next stop for me is the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali. I have set big expectations for myself – I want to beat the Indian national record there. I know I can run under 1:50- I have done it in training and I aim to run it at the Championships.”
Beant, 16, who hails from Delhi, won India’s first gold medal at the championships.
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