Dharambir Singh, 27, is an Indian athlete who will compete in the 200 metres at Rio 2016 Olympics. Dharambir Singh became the first Indian athlete to qualify for the 200m Athletics event at the Olympic Games after a gap of 36 years, when he broke his previous personal best timing at the Indian Grand Prix Athletics in Bangalore in July 2016. the Rohtak born-athlete began his sporting career as a kabaddi player at the school level, before trying his luck at high jump later. He was then a part of the 4x400m relay team, before finally deciding to focus on 100m and 200m events.Dharambir used to work as an LIC agent to fuel his athletic dreams. But the sprinter could only earn Rs 16,000 a month, when the expenditure for his equipment, training and diet cost him around Rs 40,000 monthly. Interestingly, people from his vaillage Ayajab contributed a sum of around 4.5 lakhs towards buying good quality spikes and paying for training expenses last year for the athlete. He believes he can significantly better his qualifying time and insists that he won’t be overawed by the presence of sprint king Usain Bolt in the same competition at the Rio Games.
Qualification: Dharambir Singh passed the Olympic mark of 20.50 secs with a timing of 20.45 secs at the Indian Grand Prix Athletics event in Bangalore in July 2016.
Career Highlights: Bronze medal in Men’s 200m at 2015 Asian Athletics Championship in Wuhan
Record: he is the first Indian athlete to make a cut in Olympics in this very event.
Event: Men’s 200m
Event Schedule: 16 August