Gurmeet Singh
Country India
Date of Birth 1985-07-01
Age 35 years
Birth Place Patiala
Major Teams India
Playing Details 20Km Walk
Gurmeet Singh, 20km Race Walk Men, Athletics
  • Group
    12th Aug, 11:00pm
    Disqualified
    LOST

Achievements

  • Gold Medal in Asian 20km Race Walk Championship, March 2016

 

Biography

 

He is a current Indian record holder in the 20 km race walk, which he set in the Indian Grand Prix I in Patiala in May 2011.


He is one of the three Indian athletes who qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in 20 km race walk event with an 'A' qualification standard (1:22:30). He achieved this berth in the 18th Dublin International Grand Prix in Ireland after finishing sixth with a time of 1:22:05.In the 2012 Summer Olympics, he clocked a time of 1:23:34 and finished 33rd.

 

Gurmeet was born in a small village in Uttarakhand state. He consider his cousin Surjit Singh, who also is a discus thrower, his inspiration for choosing athletics. He won a silver in the national junior championships in 2000. He finished fifth in the 2001 Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Brunei.

 

His career turned around in late 2010, when he started training at Sports Authority of India, Bangalore centre under the coach Ramakrishnan Gandhi. In March 2012, he walked a time of 1:21:31 at the Asian Championships in Nomi, Japan. He clinched a gold medal in the Asian 20 km race walk championship finishing 1 hour 20 minutes and 29 seconds in Mar 2016. This is the first time such record in 34 years that an Indian won a gold in either an Asian championship or Asian Games event