John­son over­comes tough times to set new record

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Jin­son John­son’s late en­try into ath­let­ics proved to be a bless­ing in dis­guise for In­dia’s lat­est track star, whose un­spent en­ergy pro­pelled him to break Sri­ram Singh’s fa­mous ■00m na­tional record set at the 1976 Mon­treal Olympics.

John­son timed 1:45.65 to beat Singh’s record, which was the long­est stand­ing record in In­dian ath­let­ics, by 0.12 sec­onds, in the Na­tional In­ter­state Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships at the Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium in Guwa­hati.

Hail­ing from a non­de­script vil­lage in Cali­cut district of Ker­ala, John­son was in­tro­duced to sys­tem­atic train­ing at the age of 1■.Tough times made John­son a bet­ter ath­lete. “I had a lot of in­juries in 2017, but I had to be pa­tient. Run­ning is no fun like cricket or foot­ball. You get tired and find it dif­fi­cult to breath. But if you en­joy what you do, then you ex­cel.”

For the 27­year­old lanky run­ner, who is eye­ing glory at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the two­lap race re­mains close to his heart. “I love ■00m. You don’t get time to think. In 1,500m, you have to plan things and ad­just ac­cord­ing to the race,” John­son signed off.

Y. B. SARANGI

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