Stepping into the shoes of greats like Milkha Singh, Muhammed Anas breaks national record in 400m sprint

Muhammed Anas

This past week will certainly go down as one of the most successful weeks in the history of Indian Athletics. First, Hima Das, a girl from a small village near Guwahati became the first ever Indian to win a track gold medal at the IAAF World Under 20 Championship, and now a 23 year old from Kerala, Muhammed Anas Yahiya breaks his own national record to win the 400 meters race at the Cena Noveho Mesta nad Metuji meet in Czech Republic. What’s more, both Muhammed Anas and Hima Das were coached by the same person, Galina Bukharina, who is now developing a habit of churning out champions.

He completed the race in a blistering 45.24 seconds, upping his previous high-score of an already impressive 45.31 seconds, which was set in the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast earlier this year. He also became the second Indian in all of history to make it to the finals of the one-lap event of the Commonwealth Games, after the legendary sprinter Milkha Singh himself. Record breaking seems to come naturally to him, as this is the fourth time he has reset the national record for the 400 meter sprint. The first came in Poland in 2016, where he beat Indian athlete Arokiya Rajiv’s 45.47 record by completing the 400 meters in 45.40, which also won him a place in the 2016 Olympics. After that, he bettered this record at the Delhi Grand Prix by chipping off 0.8s and finishing 45.32.

This talented sprinter who is now eating up national records actually comes from a very modest family in Kerala. His father was also an aspiring athlete, but not tasting success and having to provide for the family forced him to become a salesman. An inspiration to his son nonetheless, he passed away when Muhammed Anas was just in the 10th grade, leaving him and his family in shock. At this point, his mother and coach stepped in to support him and encouraged him to continue his training to become an athlete, and today he is living the life his father would have envisioned for himself.

With the right training and opportunities, Muhammed Anas will soon be in the news for shattering not only national but global records. International domination isn’t too far away for him.


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