WHO IS NISAR AHMED?
Nisar Ahmed, 15, a rickshaw puller’s son, rewrote the Under-16 national record in the 100 metres with a timing of 10.85 seconds at the 33rd National Junior Athletics Championships. UP’s Rahul Sharma (11.05) and Maharashtra’s Karan Hegiste (11.11s) settled for the silver and bronze medal respectively at the Acharya Nagarjuna University athletics ground in Vijaywada.
•WHERE IT ALL STARED
Channelling his anger and frustration into something more meaningful, Nisar found solace in athletics. He began running bare-foot in school competitions before his physical education teacher saw the potential in the scrawny boy and realised he needed proper training.
With limited funds at their disposal, Nisar’s family didn’t shy away from spending most of their monthly income on the needs of their son. Thereon, slowly and steadily, Nisar went on to excel in the field and bagged first-place finishes in national and school championships.
✓BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT IN HISTORY BY AN INDIAN!
If one has to narrow it down to the most electrifying sprinter till date, then Usain Bolt will easily have the upper hand pipping out the likes of Michael Johnson and Jesse Owens. As the story goes, Bolt, who came out from humble beginnings, one day raced for a fancy lunch at school and then just conquered the world. A story on the same line is budding from the Bada Bagh slums in the Delhi’s Azadpur area. Nisar Ahmad, a sprinter, will soon embark on a journey to the Racers Track Club in Kingston, Jamaica, home of track legend Usain Bolt and his coach, Glen Mills.
AS QUOTED BY HIM IN AN INTERVIEW
“When I reached Vijayawada, I was nervous because the best runners from the country were going to be there. So I was a bit shocked to see that the second-best runner was almost two metres behind me,”
•SUNITA RAI’S WORDS FOR NISAR…
Sunita Rai, Ahmed’s coach for almost four years, is extremely pleased with her ward but says he shouldn’t get carried away. “No doubt his first 30m is the best in the country, but he still needs to work on his take-off. He sometimes leaves the block a split-second after the shot is fired. He also needs foreign exposure trips where he can observe and learn how other athletes train,” says Rai.
HE REWROTE NEW RECORDS
Possessing strong start from the blocks, the Delhi teenager rewrote the U-16 sprint records at the recently-concluded Junior Nationals in Vijayawada. Since September, his timing has improved from 11 to 10.85 in 100m and he has slashed the 200m clock from 22.08 to 21.73s.