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|When and where did you begin this sport?
|| Joined the army at 18 where officers recognised and encouraged his talent. Initially he wanted to race in the marathon but realised he was better suited to the 20km race walk.
||To qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and win a gold medal for India. (divyabhaskar.co.in, 25 Aug 2009)
He has suffered financially and was unable to purchase shoes in his youth and was encouraged by his parents to join the army to earn a living. However his earnings do not meet the medical expenses of his wife who has cancer and they currently live with his in-laws. (divyabhaskar.co.in 25 Aug 2009).
He is a Havaldar in the Rajputana Regiment of the Indian Army, the equivalent ranking of a sergeant (news.oneindia.in 31 Oct 2007).