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From Railway Track to Race Track: Sprinter Nisar Ahmed’s Story

Nisar Ahmed holds the records for the fastest timing in 100m and 200m in the U-16 category.

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Nisar Ahmad of Delhi emerged as the fastest boy of the Khelo India School Games (KISG) meet on 2 February, despite running an all-out 100 metres twice in a span of 20 minutes.

Nisar, who had to postpone his training trip to Jamaica in order to compete at the KISG, ran the 100m event twice in a span of 20 minutes.

He was so focused that he did not hear the recall whistle following a false start and he went all out in 10.77 seconds. The race was pushed to 20 minutes later to allow the athletes time to recover.

Ahmed is part of a 14-member contingent who will train at the Racers Track Club in Kingston, Jamaica. The Delhi sprinter is travelling to the eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt’s home.

A 15-year-old sprinter from New Delhi, Nisar Ahmed holds the records for the fastest timing (11 seconds) in the U-16 category in both, 100m and 200m. He clinched the sprint double at the Delhi State Athletics meet on 4 September.

Ahmed’s timing in the 100m event is also better than the best runner in the state (Delhi) competition in 2017.

However, life has not been simple for the sprinter. He has fought through financial difficulties to progress in his life.

The Quint spoke to Nisar Ahmed and his family about the difficulties faced by the athlete over the years.

Video Editor: Kunal Mehra
Camerapersons: Athar Rather and Shiv Kumar Maurya

(With inputs from IANS)

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(This video has been republished from The Quint’s archives. This video was originally published on 25 September 2017)

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