Ayyasamy Dharun, soon to be 20-year-old, has achieved his Olympic dream at a very tender age. Making into the Indian men’s relay team and qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympics is what he has been practicing all along. He remained so focused and true to his training that he didn’t even make time to go home. Ayyasamy Dharun hails from Tiruppur situated in the Kongu Nadu region of Tamil Nadu. His rigorous training included hours of running, without proper sleep, and other endurance tests. He lost his father at a very young age due to Tuberculosis, and it became very tough for his mother to run the family. But his mother maintains that ‘running’ runs in his family as his sister too is a good athlete herself. The family was elated when Dharun finally made it to the relay team. Other members of the team are Kunhu Muhammed, Muhammed Anas, and Arokia Rajiv. His personal best remains at 48.24 seconds set in Bangalore back in 2013 in the 400 meters event.
Career Highlights: Ayyasamy Dharun’s personal best remains at 48.24 seconds set in Bangalore back in 2013 in the 400 meters event.
Record: The Indian relay team had previously clocked a timing of 3:02.17s in Erzurum, Turkey in June. Arokia Rajiv’s personal best is 45.47 seconds.
Event: Men’s 4×400 meters
Event Schedule: August 20
Qualification: The Indian men’s 4x400m relay team had smashed the national record, clocking 3:00.91 seconds, at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Relay 4×100 meters team: Kunhu Muhammed, Muhammed Anas, Ayyasamy Dharun and Arokia Rajiv