Farmer’s son from Theni wins 800m Asian youth silver


CHENNAI: B Mahesh, who hails from the Theni district in Tamil Nadu, won silver inside the 800m boy’s event on the 0.33 children Asian athletics championships in Hong Kong on Sunday. Mahesh clocked 1.51.48 to complete 2d-excellent. The gold was won by way of Japan’s Allon Tatsunami Clay (1:50:57) at the same time as India’s Sumit Kharab settled for the bronze at 1 minute and fifty-five. Eighty-one seconds. “My target became to finish the race in 1 minute and fifty-two seconds, and I am glad to have finished that. However, I felt my timing could have been even higher, and there is unhappiness in missing out on the gold,” Mahesh informed the TOI. The 17-yr-vintage son of a farmer from Vadugapatti, a village in Theni, stuck the attention of many for the duration of the National School Games held in New Delhi closing December.

“I received gold within the 800m and silver in the 1500m classes during that competition. While I have gained medals in tournaments previous to that as nicely, that occasion made many aware of my performance,” Matheson added. Subsequently, Mahesh reigned perfectly within the 800m and 1500m events at the Khelo India Youth Games held in Pune in January this year. His first brush with strolling didn’t give up on a current word. “I took element in a zonal meet when I was in elegance V and failed to do nicely. Despite now not winning a medal within the first few tries,

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I did not lose wish,” Matheson recalled. Once he was given associated with educating K Kannan, matters started to appear brighter. “He has been a guiding light for me. Hailing from a family with a minimal approach, Kannan sir helped me join the sports activities hostel in Madurai, and there was no looking back. My parents have been, first of all, reluctant about me taking this path. However, they’re happy after seeing the consequences. All this wouldn’t have occurred without Kannan sir’s efforts,” stated the class XI scholar of the American College Higher Secondary School in Madurai. Kannan, Mahesh’s train for over three years now, is a difficult taskmaster.

“He follows each of my commands without ever asking a question. I no longer simplest display his food regimen and workouts; however, additionally, I make certain he stays far from social media and needless distractions in the course of a tournament. In the middle of an occasion, his awareness has to simplest be at the assignment beforehand and no longer on something else,” Kannan stated. Mahesh’s next target will be to clear his class XI assessments. “Once I am returned to India, my purpose could be to clear the exams. I neglected the exams due to this event and will clean them in the coming weeks,” he stated.