By Avtar Singh | SINGAPORE
Sukhraj Singh Dhillon from Penang won bronze for the 3000m race walk at the 39th Singapore Masters Open Track and Field Championship 2018.
Sukhraj took part in the 45-49 age category in the event on 5 May 2018 held at the Kallang Practice Track Singapore, also known as ‘Home of Athletics Singapore’.
There were about a total of 400 participants from 12 countries: India, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Malaysia, Indonesia, France, Japan, Poland, Switzerland, USA, UK and Singapore.
The 49-year old Sukhraj has in the past also taken part in the Sabah Masters and Malaysian Masters 2017 in Sarawak, where he clinched a gold and a bronze, respectively.
Sukhraj has participated in various road runs and race-walking for the past 35 years and has always been in top 5 to top 10.
The son of a prisons superintendent he always followed a strict and disciplined training regime with the Prisons Department athletes in Malacca.
Over the years, he had an opportunity to train under national record holders like R. Subramaniam. In his younger days, he has had the chance to watch the SEA Games and the Commonwealth Games as his uncle, S. S. Dhillon, was a former Singapore Olympic Council Secretary General and this led him into athletics.
In September, he will be competing in the first ever Asia Pacific Masters Games which to be held in Penang. Sukhraj still follows his strict training plan and aspires to win in the upcoming events.
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