Kheta Ram, 29: Marathon without any doubt is one of the most challenging and gruelling events at the Olympics. But, the Indian athletes have ensured that they won’t miss an opportunity to participate in the event. The recently concluded Mumbai marathon proved to be beneficial for Kheta Ram who could get the perfect platform for his Olympic dreams to come true. He booked a spot for himself after passing the qualifying mark. Rajasthan’s Kheta Ram had also earned a ticket for Incheon Asian Games when he won the men’s 5000m race with a meet record at 18th Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championships. Kheta Ram clocked a creditable 13:49.17 to win the race and break the seven-year-old meet mark of 13:51.64 in the name of Surender Singh. Ram ended in 2:17:23 hours in the Mumbai Marathon 2016 to qualify for the Rio Olympics. He is also a two time Asian Championships finalist.
Event- Men’s Marathon
Qualifying event – Mumbai marathon 2016.
Event Date- August 21
Record- Men’s 5000m race record at 18th Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championships
Career Highlights – Two time Asian Championships finalist