Those of you who arent sports lovers might ask - what is that? Ram Singh Yadav was the first Indian in 3 decades, since Shivnath Singh in 1980, to qualify to run in the Olympics Marathon. Ram Singh qualified with a career best timing of 2 hrs 16.59 secs. That timing would have enabled Ram Singh to have finished in the top 30 in the Olympics Marathon.Ram Singh finished 78th with a time of 2:30.06.
Olympics Marathon has an official distance of 42.195 kilometres (26 miles and 385 yards) and is the holy grail of all long distance runners.
Considering the history of marathon running in the country - it is indeed a creditable job by Ram Singh.
Now coming back to my pet subject - if there was a running bootcamp or running clinic or even a running group in every city and town and village - wouldn't India produce more than a sole Olympics marathoner in three decades?
Well Done Ram Singh - may you run many more marathons and inspire a generation of runners!