Further Personal Information
||Two sons, Ankit and Amit.
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He took up the sport at age 19.
|Club / Team
||Army Sports Institute: Pune, IND
|Name of coach
|Coach from which country?
||He follows a strict routine of running three hours a day with a set target of 43kms.
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games in London at the Mumbai Marathon in January 2012. (dnaindia.com, 16 Jan 2012)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"I don't run for the country, my team or myself anymore. I run for my family because, in the end, I have to feed them." (dnaindia.com, 16 Jan 2012)
||To beat Shivnath Singh's [Ex-Indian Marathon runner] Indian Marathon record of 2:12:00. "Shivanath's record is my next target to be achieved and thus a lot of work has to be done for it. I'm happy and focused towards my aim." (dailypioneer.com, 29 Jan 2012)
||BEIJING 2008 AGONY
After he completed the Mumbai Marathon in 2008, he though that he had qualified for the Olympics by the time he set when it was announced by IOC [Indian Olympic Committee] President Suresh Kalmadi. But after they had analysed the time they discovered that he had missed out by three seconds due to a calculation error. "That day they made me a hero and when it was announced that I hadn't qualified, no one bothered about me," he said. "I was left alone to fight the battle." (dnaindia.com, 16 Jan 2012)
MUMBAI MARATHON 2012
After he was the first Indian across the line at the Mumbai Marathon, and finishing 12th overall, he was awarded a cheque of $7,500 and additional $1,500 for his efforts. "It will go towards taking care of my family and my training, like buying shoes and kits," he said. (indiatimes.com, 16 Jan 2012)