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Once Bullied for Stammering, Amlan Borgohain is the Fastest Indian Today

This Assamese Sprinter is all set to compete in the Asian Games 2023.

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''Everyone is nervous on the starting line and that gives me confidence. Why should I get nervous form him? He is getting nervous from me because I am the fastest guy''.

Amlan Borgohain from Assam's Jorhat was only 18 years old when he got into athletics. At 25, he is the fastest Indian man with record of clocking 10.25 seconds in 100mts and 20.25 seconds in 200mts.

Within four months, Amlan broke the national records of Mohd. Anas Yahya (6 April'22, 200m) and Amiya K Mallick (29 Aug'22, 100m).

Reliance Foundation athlete, Amlan Borgohain is competing at the 2023 Asian Games.

'Owe it all to my brother'

Amlan's elder brother, Pradyuman couldn't pursue his dream of becoming a footballer. He put all his energy and time into training Amlan. From waking up early, to driving Amlan on his scooty to his training centre, and waiting for him to complete his sessions.

The best part about him is that back in 2020, when my mom was sick, he said, 'Amlan, you run, and I will take care of mom.' And that gave me the assurance that someone is there to take care of my mom so that I can run freely. All of this goes to my brother only.
Amlan Borgohain, Athlete
This Assamese Sprinter is all set to compete in the Asian Games 2023.

Amlan with his family.

(Instagram/Amlan Borgohain)

Amlan has got a tattooed 'maa' on his arm. Whenever he is down, he looks at the tattoo and it reminds him of all the reasons he should keep going on. 'I just do it for her', Amlan says.

  • Amlan with his mother.

    (Instagram/Amlan Borgohain)

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Growing up, Amlan was bullied for stammering but he didn't let it impact his life negatively. He doesn't even remember most of the things. He says, he has crossed that stage of his life.

I stammer, so that's my problem, my thing and people make fun of that. So now I feel like, chalta hai abhi. Let it go, I can't change people's mindset now. And I totally believe that your actions speak louder than words. I know I am an example off and on the field. And my mindset is to always be an example for people like me.
Amlan Borgohain, Athlete

Despite a positive outlook and achievements, Amlan faced his toughest battle against his inner saboteur. A time when he almost quint.

In 2022, he couldn't make it to Commonwealth games selection, which made him very upset. He reached a point where he told his psychologist that he doesn't want to do athletics anymore.

The psychologist convinced him to go for one last race and then think of why he got into athletics and why he loves it.

I thought about it. I thought a lot about it. And, I won the interstate race. That was something very special for me because I was totally unfit. I was like, if I can win like this, suppose when I am 100% and I am enjoying, I can win each and everything.
Amlan Borgohain, Athlete
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Of Goku, Music and Northeast

The cartoon character which motivates Amlan is Dragon Ball Z's Goku. He says, he likes Goku because he doesn't compares himself with anyone. The character always aspires to be better, happier and stronger everyday.

A person can be faster than me but the control I have is that I can be faster than yesterday. I can't be control of the fact that people can be faster than me or not. But I am in control of what I am doing now.
Amlan Borgohain

Music is solace for a lot of people, for Amlan, music played a minor part before he broke the 100mts national record.

I was listening to Imran Khan's Bewafa song. And then I broke the national record. I was like 'Whoa what energy is this?'
Amlan Borgohain

Coming from the northeast, Amlan is well aware of all the roadblocks and difficulties that a sports person faces to land that one opportunity to make it big.

I feel northeast is very talented. We have champions. I think we are less exposed. If we get the right amount of knowledge, support and everything. Then northeast will boom, I know. I know it for sure.
Amlan Borgohain
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