SINGH Om Prakash < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA India   
Gender Men
Born 11 Jan 1987 in Delhi, IND
Height2.01 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Gurgaon, IND
Occupation Athlete, Factory Worker
Languages English, Hindi, Punjabi
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He first tried the shot put in 2004 at the Salwan Throws Academy in Delhi, India.
Why this sport? In 2004 he was approached by Athletics Federation of India secretary Lalit Bhanot at a national schoolboy basketball tournament. "He asked me if I had ever competed in shot put. I lied and said that I had thrown the shot over 20 metres. I had no clue who he was or that the national record was 20.48m. He must have known instantly that I was bluffing."
Club / Team Oil and Natural Gas Corporation [ONGC]: India
Name of coach Bhupinder Singh [personal], IND
International Debut
Year 2009
Competing for India
Tournament Asian Championships
Location China
General Interest
Nicknames OP (Facebook page, 31 Oct 2017)
Most influential person in career His mother. (olympicgoldquest.in, 11 Jan 2010)
Injuries He required a late fitness test on a twisted ankle before he was cleared to compete at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (cricketcountry.com, 26 Sep 2014)

He suffered a shoulder injury after the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (sports.ndtv.com, 03 Jul 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Behind every successful man there is a woman." (olympicgoldquest.in, 11 Jan 2010)
Other sports He played national schoolboy basketball before making the switch to shot put. (indiatimes.com, 02 Aug 2010; yahoo.com, 26 Feb 2014; sportskeeda.com, 26 Feb 2014)
Ambitions To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (impactguru.com, 01 May 2017)
Other information OCCUPATION
He joined the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation in India under a sports quota programme that allows him to train and compete internationally. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 25 Sep 2017)