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Flashback Friday: When Milkha Singh beat Asia’s fastest runner, Pakistan’s Abdul Khaliq

Milkha Singh is still revered as one of the most celebrated figures in the Indian athletics arena. The ‘Flying Sikh’, broke multiple records in his stellar career in athletics. His life story was brought on the big screen by director Rakesh Omprakash Mehra who made biopic ‘ Bhag Milkha Bhag’ on the legendary athlete. It was the Asian Games, where...

Long-distance runner Kiranjeet Kaur banned for 4 years by World Athletics’ anti-doping body

Kiranjeet Kaur
Long-distance runner Kiranjeet Kaur, who won the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K among the Indians last year, has been handed a four-year ban by World Athletics' anti-doping body for returning positive for a banned substance in a test conducted in Doha. The National Dope Testing Laboratory has been under suspension from the World Anti-Doping Agency and so Kaur's samples were tested...

Critical differences between marathon runners and sprinters

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Eliud Kipchoge was already famous but became increasingly well known for being the poster boy who set the world record in October 2019. He finished a marathon in 1:59:40 and covered 42.1km with an average pace of 2:50 per km. Usain Bolt is popularly known as the fastest man alive for setting the record in World Championships in 2009...

Help pours in for distance runner Prajakta Godbole

Prajakta Godbole
Indian distance runner Prajakta Godbole, who was struggling to make a living due to the coronavirus-forced national lockdown, has finally got the much needed support from the state authorities. PTI had highlighted the plight of Prajakta, who resides at Sirsapeth slum here, during the lockdown. Her father is a paralytic and mother was rendered jobless. Read Also: Former Indian University athlete...

Middle distance runner Jhuma Khatun handed 4-year ban for doping

Jhuma Khatun
Middle distance runner Jhuma Khatun has been banned for four years by the Athletics Integrity Unit of the world governing body for testing positive for a banned substance -- steroid -- in a nearly two-year-old doping case which the NDTL had failed to detect. The 31-year-old Khatun's dope sample collected during the National Inter-State Championships in June 2018 in...

Stuck in Kenya, runner Murali Gavit wants to return to India

Kenya is under a partial lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus. The country has reported 172 cases of COVID-19 with six people dying due to the disease.

Will ODI World Cup runner-up India forced to play Qualifiers?

India's Women Cricket team were the runner-up in the last edition of the ODI World Cup. But according to the rules of ICC, the team could be forced to play qualifiers to book a spot at the mega event.

Long-distance runner Kiranjeet Kaur fails dope test

The 31-year-old Kaur had clocked 1:38:56 to finish 11th overall and first among Indians in the Kolkata 25K in December last.

India’s middle and long-distance runners to get an Australian coach

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In a major boost, India's middle and long-distance runners will get an Australian coach by the end of March, according to a report in The New Indian Express. Deputy chief coach Radhakrishnan Nair confirmed the development to the newspaper as Australian coach Ben Green is set to take over the coaching reigns for the Indian runners. Green's appointment was kept...

Middle-Distance runner PU Chitra is getting better with each competition

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She may not be talked about in the same breath as the likes of women runner Hima Das or men’s javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, but make no mistake Palakkeezhil Unnikrishnan Chitra – better known as PU Chitra - has been quietly coming up in leaps and bounds over the last couple of years and has built a...