Gopi Thonakal
Country India
Date of Birth 1988-05-24
Age 32 years
Birth Place India
Major Teams India
Playing Details Marathon
Gopi Thonakal, Men's Marathon, Athletics
  • Group
    21st Aug, 6:00pm
    Rank:25 Time:2:15:25 Personal Best


  • Gopi’s time of 2:16:15 earned him second place in Indian category and 11th overall in men’s marathon that included African distance runners in the Mumbai Marathon 2016.



He is another prized product of the Army Sports Institute, Pune. Gopi's big moment came in the Mumbai marathon in January. A pace setter for the Indian athletes, this was his first full marathon and not only did he finish second among Indians but clocked a sub 2:19m mark to qualify for Rio Olympics. He clocked 2:16:15 behind Rawat .


It was a case of getting an opportunity and grabbing it with both hands.Gopi is otherwise a 5000 and 10,000 m runner but this Mumbai event has changed his perspective and boosted his confidence. Like Rawat, this havildar too is coached by Surinder Singh Bhandari.


A farmer's son, Gopi as a child drew attention for his unnatural stamina. He would often run for hours without being tired. He represented Kerala in the 5000m and 10,000m and it was after joing the army that his running skills got tuned further.