Nitendra Singh Rawat
Country India
Date of Birth 1986-09-29
Age 34 years
Birth Place India
Major Teams India
Playing Details Marathon
Nitendra Singh Rawat, Men's Marathon, Athletics
  • Group
    21st Aug, 6:00pm
    Rank:84 Time:2:22:52


  • Gold in Airtel Delhi Marathon
  • Gold in South Asian Games 2016



One of the three Indians to qualify for marathon in Rio (a first since 1960 Rome Olympics), Rawat was an early qualifier after running sub 2h:19m mark in the World military Games held in South Korea in October last year. He clocked 2:18 there. At the Mumbai marathon, Rawat finished 10th but improved his timing to 2:15:48 which was a course record by an Indian bettering the 2012 mark of Ram Singh Yadav (2:16.59).


A havildar in the army, Rawat has been fully into training now, initially at Dharmasala and then at Udhagamandalam and the training inspires him to come with a good show in Rio. His career began in 2010 when he took running seriously. In 2013 he ran the 5000 m in 13.55 m to win his first gold medal.


At the SAF games in Guwahati in February this year Rawat picked the gold with a time of 2:15:18 hrs. He is coached by Surinder Singh Bhandari. With weekly world load of 250 km Rawat is aiming for a sub 2:09:59 time in Rio. Such is his commitment that he had decided to postpone his wedding to sometime after the Olympics.