Gopi Thonakal becomes first Indian male to win gold at Asian Marathon Championships

first_imgGopi Thonakal created history by becoming first Indian man to win Asian Marathon Championships 2017 after he achieved the feat in the 16th edition of the prestigious event on Sunday.All you need to know about the winner and the championship:Gopi Thonakal clocked 2 hours, 15 minutes and 48 seconds to clinch the gold for the championshipAndrey Petrov of Uzbekistan bagged the silver with a timing of 2:15:51s while Byambalev Tseveenravdan of Mongolia won bronze by clocking 2:16:14sThe 29-year-old who won the New Delhi Marathon this year was on the 28th position in the London World Championships in August with a timing of 2:17:13In the Rio Olympics last year, he had clocked his personal best of 2.15.25 while finishing 25thHe is the third Indian overall to have won a gold in the event. Earlier, Asha Agarwal won the women’s title when it was part of the biennial Asian Track and Field ChampionshipsSunita Godara won the women’s title in 1992 after the event was moved out as a separate one away from the Asian Athletics Championships in 1988Gopi had managed to make the Olympic qualifying mark at the Mumbai Marathon in 2016, which was the first event of his career at which he had attempted the distance. Interestingly, Gopi was only in the race as a pace-setter and was supposed to drop out after 30km, but continued to finish with an excellent timeGopi studied at the Kakkayaval School, before enrolling for a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the Mar Athanasius College in Kothamangalam. However, he dropped out of college to join the Indian Army at the age of 21Hailing from the town of Suthan Bathery, in Wayanad, Kerala, situated at an altitude of 1000m above sea level, Gopi, whose farmer parents alternately grew rice and ginger on their patch of land to bring food on the table, always had an innate love for runningAbout the Asian Marathon ChampionshipsThe championship is a biennial international competition in marathon road running for Asian athletes. It is organized by the Asian Athletics Association. It was established in 1988 after 42.195-kilometre race was dropped from programme of events at Asian Athletics ChampionshipsadvertisementInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img

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