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Andrew Amsan

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Senior Correspondent with The Indian Express

From dancer to sailor: Olympics-bound Nethra Kumanan’s journey
Fri, Apr 09, 2021

Nethra Kumanan, who became the first Indian woman sailor to earn a berth for the Olympics on Wednesday, is a trained dancer, singer, and proficient painter as well.

How Seema Punia overcame tough times in Russia in quest for another medal
Wed, Mar 31, 2021

The 37-year-old, who trains in Russia, tested positive for Covid, spent long hours in solitude and fought mental battles. But she never gave up though she was in a foreign land.

Athletes not running fast because morale is down, says India’s 400m coach Galina
Sat, Mar 20, 2021

In a chat with The Indian Express, Galina Bukharina talks about dealing with a performance slump in the 400 metres squad and how she and her wards are hoping to bounce back.

Kamalpreet Kaur lights up final day with record-breaking discus throw
Sat, Mar 20, 2021

Kamalpreet Kaur qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in women’s discus throw with a national record attempt of 65.06m during the ongoing Athletics Federation Cup in Patiala on Friday.

At Federation Cup, identical twins make a mark as they soar over hurdles
Fri, Mar 19, 2021

Vithya and Nithya, 22, credit their tempo-driver father for encouraging them to take up track and field.

Steeplechaser Avinash Sable breaks national record for the fifth time
Thu, Mar 18, 2021

The army man from the arid Beed district of Maharashtra broke the national record for the fifth time in his career clocking 8:20.20s and rewriting his previous best achieved in Doha.

Explained: Would Sreeshankar have won an Olympic medal with his 8.26 metre jump?
Wed, Mar 24, 2021

Long jumper Sreeshankar Murali qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with a 8.26 metre jump.

Sreeshankar Murali books Tokyo berth with a big jump, silences naysayers
Wed, Mar 17, 2021

Much to his relief the white flag was raised and Sreeshankar let out a scream of joy and pumped his fists. It is rare for the youngster from Palakkad district, Kerala, to show any emotion. But the occasion called for it.

Work in progress: Annu Rani rewrites national mark but feels she’s yet far from her best
Tue, Mar 16, 2021

Annu Rani clinched the gold at Federation Cup with a best throw of 63.24m which she came up in her third attempt, obliterating her earlier national mark of 62.43m.

Antony Yaich preparing India’s next crop of track-and-field contenders
Sun, Feb 28, 2021

Despite the recent bounty, Frenchman Yaich, head of track-and-field at JSW’s Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS), isn’t satisfied as he has set his sights on bigger and long-term targets.

How three foreign judges took health risks to help Indian walkers qualify for Olympics
Tue, Feb 16, 2021

Three Indians qualified for the Tokyo Olympics at last week's Race Walking Nationals in Ranchi. They should thank three international judges.

Priyanka Goswami walks into the record books
Sun, Feb 14, 2021

Priyanka Goswami bagged the gold, clocking a national record-shattering time of 1:28:45s and in the process earned a spot for the Tokyo Games slated for July this year.

Drummer Devadiga finds his rhythm on the athletics track
Thu, Feb 11, 2021

The musician-athlete clocked 21.34 seconds for the top spot in Guwahati ahead of Ritik Malik and Nalubothu Shanmuga Srinivas.

Munita, daughter of construction labourer, breaks under-20 race walk record
Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Munita’s father Biraju used to work at construction sites in Mumbai till 2010. But he got severely electrocuted and had to be off work for the next three years.

Like mother, like daughter: Family of record holders aims higher and higher
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

On Saturday, the 5-foot 8-inch teenager continued the family tradition, rewriting the under-16 national high jump record at the junior nationals in Guwahati by clearing the bar at 1.73 metres.

How brother Inderjeet’s passion fuelled Reshma Patel’s racewalking records
Mon, Feb 08, 2021

Reshma Patel has developed a knack of disturbing the record books. Weeks after rewriting the Under-20 10k race walk event on her debut, the 16-year-old on Sunday breached the U18 5000m mark at the junior nationals in Guwahati.

Tejaswin Shankar breaks heptathlon record, but focus back on high jump
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

Tejaswin Shankar rewrote the national record in his first attempt at heptathlon at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational in Kansas City.

Motivated by Haryanvi gaalis, Yashvir breaks Neeraj’s javelin mark at U-20 Federation Cup athletics
Tue, Jan 26, 2021

19-year-old Yashvir Singh, who overtook Neeraj Chopra’s meet record of 76.91m with a best attempt of 78.68m, wasn’t satisfied with his effort.

Awards, agitation two separate things: IOA to protesting athletes
Tue, Dec 08, 2020

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) issued a call to treat national honours and the agitation as "two separate things".

Vijender Singh joins sportspersons in backing farm protest, threatens to return award
Mon, Dec 07, 2020

Vijender Singh, who was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2009, said that he will also return all the benefits that he got with the award if the three ordinances of the farm laws are not repealed.

Avinash Sable braves Delhi pollution, breaks half-marathon national mark
Mon, Nov 30, 2020

Avinash Sable admitted he felt slight discomfort due to the pollution around the 14km mark but that did not deter him.

Brigid Kosgei says family had apprehension of her running in Covid-hit Delhi
Fri, Nov 27, 2020

Brigid Kosgei, who won the London Marathon in October, will race alongside many of the world’s leading long-distance runners at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2020.

It’s time to race again for India’s top long-distance runners
Thu, Nov 26, 2020

The 21-km race, which will be flagged off from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, will feature the likes of Avinash Sable (3000m steeplechase national record holder), Parul Chaudhary (2020 half marathon winner, Mumbai) among other top runners from the Indian field.

Explained: Why awarding a Formula One race to Saudi Arabia is controversial
Mon, Nov 16, 2020

The conservative kingdom's record on human rights is poor, and critics say high-profile events allow autocratic regimes to 'sportswash' their reputations.

Boxer Dingko Singh wins Covid-19 battle but one against cancer continues
Sat, Aug 22, 2020

Ex-boxer has recovered from coronavirus and jaundice but family in two minds whether to resume chemotherapy

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