Beant Singh Bhinder the young Indian sportsman, is touted as the fastest Indian in the athletics circuit. With age on side, Beant is said to bring India numerous laurels via his speed and power. Lets know more about him.
Have you ever heard of a player who hadn’t even thought about a sport for most of his life and then went on to become the World No. 1 in his age bracket in the next three years? Well, Beant Singh Bhinder did just that.
The 18-year old has been making the country proud by winning medals consistently at the international stage.
Beant Singh Bhinder – Introduction to Athletics
Beant Singh Bhinder was born on 10 January 1999 in a village in Karnal, Haryana. Born to an agriculturist father, he had no knowledge of sports as a career till 2011. In fact, till the age of 13, Beant had not even run in a single school race.
All of this changed in 2011 when Diwan Singh, father of the Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, came to settle a land deal to their village. Diwan was an acquaintance of Beant’s father, Gurwinder Singh. Beant’s parents were worried about his skinny frame, despite having a decently tall height. Gurwinder approached Diwan with his worries and asked for his device. Diwan Singh spoke to Sushil and suggested that the boy spends the summer vacation in Sushil’s company with wrestlers in Delhi’s Chhtrasaal Stadium.
Sushil advised Beant to simply have fun and let him stay in his hostel room while Sushil himself trained at the Sonepat Wrestling Task. Young Beant soon realized that grappling was not a mean task. Soon, his attention was drawn towards running and he began training under coach Sunita Rai for the 800m.
Beant’s natural ability caught the eye of Asian Games Silver Medallist in the 400m, Dinesh Rawat. He realized that Beant’s reed-like frame, with a height of 5’7” and a weight of 52 kg, was a benefit. Also, Beant had a high stamina and impressed Rawat with his dedication too.
Career and Achievements of Beant Singh Bhinder
Beant Singh Bhinder started training under Rawat and was also mentored by Olympian Gurbachan Singh Randhawa. He started participating in the youth levels but it was only until the Federation Cup of 2014 that Beant knocked loudly on the door of Indian Athletics.
A fun fact was that Beant’s name had to be manually entered since the software didn’t allow entries below 16 years. The Class XI student impressed everyone by securing the fourth position with a record timing of 1:51.30s.
Sushil Kumar always kept in touch with Beant and used to call him after each race. This helped Beant gain more confidence and motivated him to perform even better. In 2014, he secured a silver medal in the 800m in the National Open Championships, racing against the senior athletes. Beant’s time at that race was better than gold medallist of that year’s Asian Junior Championships.
International wins for Beant Singh Bhinder
His first international medal came when he won the Gold in the 800m in the Asian Youth Athletics, 2015. His timing of 1:52.26s was the fastest in the world that year. He again repeated his Gold medal feat in the World School Championships held on June 2015 in China. Beant’s exploits saw him rise to the World No. 1 position in the under 16 category in running.
In the World Youth Athletics Championship 2015, Beant went on till the semi-final. He secured the 6th rank with a time of 1:52.53s. Beant created a new personal best in the 800m in the National Championships of 2016 with a time of 1:48.51s.
The shy 18-year old isn’t a man of many words. When asked about his future plans, he replies with an earnest, “Only practice will take me further. I want to excel.”
Many posters of runners like Usain Bolt, David Rudisha, and Nijel Amos adorn the walls of his small rented room in Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur. His favourite poster is of the Olympic 800m record holder – David Rudisha.
Rudisha has world record time of 1:40.91s in the 800m. Beant says that every day he practices hard just to inch closer to that finish time. According to him, every amount of sweat, hard work, and determination that gets him closer to his goal is definitely worth it.