Apart from extreme dedication and relentless hard work, it requires supreme sacrifices to become a champion. Haryana boy Manjit Singh pleasantly stunned all countrymen by winning Gold in 800 meters men’s event with a timing of 1:46:15. Manjit Singh was in the fourth position but he ran like a dream in the last 50 meters and won Gold for the country.
What unfolded on the tracks in Asian Games with Manjit looked dramatic enough for a Bollywood plot but the amount of sacrifices and hard work the runner actually put to achieve the unbelievable feat is even more astonishing.
Though Manjit has become a star overnight post his Golden run, the athlete from Haryana’s Ujhana Village in Hind District doesn’t even have a permanent job and struggles to support his family.
“He has no permanent job. The state government has snubbed his achievements time and again. He has applied for a job with the state government several times, but to no avail. I hope now the government will not reject him now,” Manjit’s father Randhir Singh Chahal said to TOI, who is a farmer and a milk seller.
Manjit’s father, who is also a former state-level shot putter, further revealed that whenever the former comes back home from his training, he helps him on the farm and takes care of the cattle. “He practices at National Institute of Sports, Patiala, and comes back home once a year. When he is home, he helps me on the farm and takes care of the cattle,” revealed Randhir, who is the only working member in the family
Manjit was determined to win medal at Asian Games 2018, and such was his resolve and schedule that he didn’t even come home to see his new born son. “My son is four months old, but such has been his father’s schedule that he hasn’t got a chance to come home,” Manjit’s wife Kiran.
Manjit struggled with muscle injury post 2013 Asian Athletics Championships in 2013 in Pune. Though disappointed, Manjit was desperate to make a thunderous comeback and so he did and how.