Indian sprinters are very much in medal contention after winning the qualification rounds on Saturday and all eyes will be on Hima Dar and Mohammad Anas Yahiya to finish on top of the podium. While Hima became the first female athlete to win gold in Track event in 200m, Anas stands chance to win Gold in men’s 400m at the Asian Games.
The young athlete is on course to join The ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh(1958 and 1962) and Ajmer Singh (1966) to win the yellow metal at the Continental event.
Anas was born on 17th September 1994 in Kerala’s Nilamel in Kollam district.
He broke the national record in 400 meters at the Polish Athletics Championship in Poland in June 2016, clocking 45.40 seconds, the exact qualification mark for the Olympics. He thus became the third Indian athlete to qualify for the event at the Olympics, after Milkha Singh (1956 and 1960) and K. M. Binu (2004)
The man from the land of coconuts and houseboats recently made headlines in the semi-finals of 400m in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, where he clocked timing of 45.44 seconds, which was less than what the legendary Milkha Singh had clocked up in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 1958. In the finals, Anas finished fourth.
The Kerala sprinter on Saturday qualified for the final with a timing of 45.63s and now stands a chance to write his name in the history books and also end India’s drought for the yellow metal in this event.