Johnson overcomes tough times to set new record
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