Inderjeet Singh

is2Inderjeet Singh is No.1 Indian and Asian shot putter born in Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Punjab on April 19, 1988. His father Gurdayal Singh worked in Northern Coalfields Ltd. After his father’s death in 2007, with the support of his mother and brother, he continued to focus on athletics. They sold off the two shops the family owned in their native village to be able to finance Inderjeet’s extensive training and dietary needs.

In 2013, Inderjeet was travelling to Kazan in Russia to compete in the 27th edition of the World University Games. On arrival at Kazan, his check-in baggage was misplaced by the airline operator which left him without his practice shoes, kit and competition shoes. He squeezed his feet into shoes small for him. Regardless, Inderjeet was the first Indian to win silver medal at the 2013 Summer Universiade with a throw of 19.70m. On 17 August 2013, he bettered the mark with a throw of 19.89m in Indian National Games at Patiala.

On 2 October 2014, he won a bronze medal at 2014 Asia Games at Incheon Asiad Main Stadium with a throw of 19.63m. Inderjeet’s best attempt of 19.63m came on his fifth try out of six.

At the 55th National Interstate Senior Athletics championships held in Chennai, Inderjeet Singh of Haryana won  gold with a new meet record in shot put with a throw of 20.44m, breaking the record of 20.41m which had been held for the past 15 years by Shakti Singh..

Inderjeet achieved the Olympic qualification mark with a throw of 20.65m on the second day of the 19th Federation cup at Mangala stadium in Mangaluru, Karnataka. He also came striking distance of breaking Om Prakash Singh’s national record of 20.69m which he scaled in 2012.

On 3 June 2015, Inderjeet won a gold at the Asian Championships held in Wuhan, China with a throw of 20.41m. He is the eighth Indian shot putter to win a gold medal in the history of Asian championships, joining Jagraj Singh (1973), Bahadur Singh (1975), Balwinder Singh (1985 and 1989), Shakti Singh (2000), Navpreet Singh (2007) and Om Prakash Singh Karhana (2009). On 22 June 2015, he won a gold medal at the Asian Athletics Grand Prix Series in Bangkok with a throw of 19.83m.

Inderjeet has displayed an incredible performance in 2015 with 8 gold medals and has created a new Asian Grand Prix record for the longest throw, at the second leg of the Asian Grand Prix games in Pathumthani, Thailand.

Despite being India’s and Asia’s No.1 shot putter, Inderjeet Singh remains unemployed and is fighting to support his career. Anand Mahindra, Mahindra Group Chairman and Managing director, has offered Rs. Lakh on his personal accord and seeks crowd-funding to support Inderjeet’s expenses.

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