Nitendra Singh Rawat, 25: Nitendra Singh Rawat, an infantry havaldar of the 6th Kumaon regiment, ran 42 km within the 2:19 hour mark to qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Nitendra will join Thonnakkal Gopi and Kheta Ram in the long distance event. This is the first time after 1960 Rome Olympics, that three long distance walkers will be competing for India at the Olympics. Nitendra, who comes from Garur, Uttarakhand, is being coached by Surinder Singh Bhandari. The hard working athlete is also known for being flamboyant whenever the media seeks his attention at marathon events. He stood tenth in the recently concluded marathon event in Mumbai and also received a prize month worth Rs 5 lakh. During one of his interviews he stated that he was going to spend the prize money on his training and other facilities.
Qualifying event – World Military Games in South Korea.
Event Date- August 21
Career Highlights – Contested in the Asian Championships