Ram Singh Yadav, an Indian Army Havildar has proved earlier that he is something far better than his post. The army man from a village named Babian village, near Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh has set many milestones that separate him from being a normal athlete.
Born in 1980, the 36-year-old man has the stamina that can compete with the finest of the African mainstream marathon runner. He's the second Indian ever to qualify for the Summer Olympics of 2012 held in London, Britain.
Let's get some knowledge about our fine athlete.
In his attempt at the Mumbai Marathon, 2008, Ram missed the B qualification standard of 2:18:00 for Beijing Olympics' marathon event by a few seconds, and thus did not qualify.
Even after the failure, he never said no to marathon running, promised to himself to work hard with double efforts as he appeared in the 2012 Mumbai Marathon in which he qualified for the London Olympics.
After facing defeat in his previous attempt, Ram underwent training for 45 days at a high-altitude training centre in Coonoor town of Nilgiris district, Tamil Nadu. 2012 Mumbai Marathon was the first event he took part in after his training. Ram took 2:16:59 to finish the race, well under the B qualification standard of 2:18:00. He finished 12th overall in the final standings. 2:16:59 is also the personal best of Ram.
Ram became the second Indian athlete ever to be qualified for the marathon event of the Olympics. Shivnath Singh of Bihar was the first Indian athlete to participate in the Olympics marathon.
Shivnath Singh, a forgotten hero of Indian athletics, participated twice in the Olympic Games- 1976 and 1980.
At London 2012 Olympic Games, Ram completed the marathon with a time of 2:30:06 which placed him 78th in the final rankings. With about 105 participants, as many as 20 runners failed to finish the gruelling marathon final. The marathon was won by Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich in a time of 2:08:01.
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