Sikh runner Beant Singh made Sikhs worldwide proud after winning gold at the Asian Games in the 800m race with 2015’s fastest time in the world of the youth category.
Beant Singh clocked the fastest time in the world in the Youth category of 1.52 which is a blazing fast time for under 18. Beant is being called the new ‘Flying Sikh’ after an outstanding performance in the 800m race.
Beant Singh started off the race leading and extended the lead into the 2nd lap. He clocked in at 54 seconds in the first lap and no other runner came even close to closing the gap. The event occurred in Doha, Qatar at the Asian Game Championships.
“I was feeling really good for this race and I have been preparing really well for this competition, so to win is a great satisfaction,” he said.
“I have only been in athletics for a short time, two or three years. I was a wrestler before and I was picked for a national team camp by Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar. It was at this moment that I noticed I had a talent for middle distance running and I was encouraged to switch to athletics. Sushil remains a very big inspiration for me,” he added.
Beant had won a silver in the National Open Athletics Championships last year at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, his first senior national medal, in 800m with a time of 1:51:08 which was a new national record in the youth category.
“Next stop for me is the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali. I have set big expectations. I want to beat the Indian national record there. I know I can run under 1:50. I have done it in training and I aim to run it at the championships,” he said.