Anil strikes gold with borrowed shoes

Sep 09, 2012, 06:21 IST | Sundari Iyer

Anil Yadav of Sports Authority of India struck gold in the boys U-18 1500m event of the Mumbai Suburban District Athletic Championships at the Sports Authority of India on Saturday wearing a borrowed pair of spikes.

Anil was challenged at the beginning of the race by Bipin Yadav of KES Jr College, but ran clear soon after the halfway mark clinching gold in 4 minutes, 33.06 seconds, with Bipin finishing a distant second clocking 5:08:00 secs and Mohd Bilala Molvi of St John Universal School winning bronze with a timing of 5:20.09 secs.

SAI’s Anil Yadav

“As I did not have a pair of shoes to train with, a senior at the SAI hostel here readily agreed to part with his practice shoes. This win has inspired me to do even better now at the upcoming state meet. I want to take up long distance running some day,” said Anil, who is participating in a district-level competition for the first time.

Kids in the U-6 50m final of the MSDA meet on Saturday. Pics/ Pradeep DHhivar

Meanwhile, Manjit Singh (53.1s) of Matoshree SC and Sushmita Patil (61.6s) of Vissanji SA clinched gold in the boys and girls U-16 400m final respectively. 

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