India has had a many good runners namely Milkha Singh, PT Usha, Shivnath Singh etc. We have produced fantastic athletes who’ve achieved heights.
Statistically, Indian athletes aren’t too far away from the international stats but it’ll take some doing to get there too.
Keeping that in mind, here are the national records in running events.
100m – Amiya Kumar Mallick – 10.26 secs
The national record for the 100m sprint was broken by the athlete during the Federation Cup National Athletics Championship back in April 2016. The record was previously held by Abdul Najeeb Qureshi at 10.30 secs back in 2010. Mallick, however failed to qualify to the Rio Olympics due to a pulled hamstring.
200m – Dharambir Singh – 20.45 secs
Singh set the record winning the 200m race at the Indian Grand Prix in Bengaluru in July 2016. He also became the first athlete to qualify for the 200m at the Olympics in 36 years.
400m – Mohammad Anas Yahiya – 45.40 secs
Hailing from Kerala, Anas has had quite the encounter at the Rio Olympics qualifying for two events, 400m and 4 × 400m. His qualification came at the record breaking time of 45.40 in the Polish Athletics Championship, Poland in June 2016. He’s only the third Indian to qualify for the event at the Olympics. (Milkha Singh & KM Binu)
800m – Sriram Singh – 1:45.77
Holding the national record for 800m since the Montreal Olymlics 1976 till date, Sriram Singh has stood the test of time. His record stood as Asia’s best for 18 years until it was broken by Lee Jin-il in 1994. He’s also bagged 2 Asian Games gold’s and a silver.
1500m – Bahadur Prasad – 3:38.00
Prasad holds 2 national records including the 1500m at 3.38.00 during the 1995 South Asian Games in Chennai. This was followed by his participation in the 1500m event at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics where he finished with a time of 3.46.16. He also received the Arjuna Award for the year 1992.
3000m – Surendra Singh – 7:50.31 secs
An Olympian who has held the record for the 3000m for nearly 9 years now since his performance in UK in June 2008. He also holds the national record for the 10000m. He has participated in the 2008 Olympics, 2006 Asian Games, 2007 Asian Indoor Games, 2007 Asian Championship, 2008 Asian Indoor Athletics Championship, 2009 Asian Athletics Grand Prix and the 2009 World Championship In Athletics.
5000m – Bahadur Prasad – 13:29.70
Needless to repeat his stature, he set the national record for the 5000m in Birmingham, UK on June 27, 1992. The record stands to date.
10000m – Surendra Singh – 28:02.89
Another athlete with multiple national records setting the record for the event in Vigo, Spain in July 2008. The records stands to date.
Half Marathon – Deep Chand – 1:04:00
Deep Chand broke his personal and national record at the Delhi Half Marathon in November 2009 when he finished with a time of 1:04:00, 56 seconds better than his performance in 2008. He won the event and also made the history books. His record stands to date.
Marathon – Shivnath Singh – 2:12:00
One of the Indian legends in the event whose record dates back to his performance in Jalandhar in 1978 where he finished the event with a record time of 2:12:00. He has participated in the Montreal Olympics in 1976 finishing with a time of 2:16:22 and also the Moscow Olympics in 1980 failing to finish the same.
These were the national record holders in running events in men’s category. There is still a long way to go for our current athletes but it’s never an impossible task with the right kind of support and encouragement.
National records in running for women’s category will follow shortly.