KOCHI: Not usually does an Indian athlete rise to No. 3 in world rankings in athletics. A 17-year-old from Malappuram, Muhammed Hanan, has carried out simply that by clocking the third-best timing within the 110m hurdles within the U-18 boys class within the newest rankings printed by World Athletics.
Hanan achieved the feat on the South Zone Junior Athletics Meet on the Calicut College Stadium in February this 12 months. He clocked 13.80 seconds to seize the gold medal within the meet. Little did he know that the trouble would put him simply behind South Africans Michael-Jan De Beer and Ismail Mujahid within the newest world rankings launched by World Athletics.
“I didn’t even know such a rating existed until a couple of days again. I noticed my identify on the World Athletics web site two or three days again and my pleasure knew no bounds. My timings have improved through the years and the efficiency on the Calicut College stadium was my finest. However I didn’t realise that it might put me on the listing of elite athletes in my age class on the earth,” stated the plus two pupil of Devdhar Authorities Greater Secondary College.
Hailing from Tanur in Malappuram district, Hanan bought tuned into athletics early as each his elder brothers, Muhammed Harshad and Muhammed Ashique, are hurdlers. The truth is, Harshad, who’s doing MPES at MG College, Kottayam has taken his youthful brother below his wings and offers him common coaching. Initially, Hanan and his brothers used to coach within the bylanes and seashores of Tanur. Seeing Hanan’s potential, Harshad determined to take him to the Rajiv Gandhi Municipal stadium in Tirur, which has an artificial observe, two years again. The choice has been a turning level in blossoming Hanan’s profession.
“Barring lockdown, now we have been travelling twice on daily basis to Tirur, which is 12 kilometres away, to coach. My confidence has improved after practising there and it’s exhibiting in my improved efficiency,” stated Hanan.
Harshad feels there’s extra to return from his youthful brother if he will get the proper gear for coaching. “He runs on his personal spikes, however that isn’t sufficient. We don’t have sufficient units of hurdles on the stadium and those which might be there are outdated and worn out. He additionally doesn’t have a beginning block to coach. I’m positive all this could make a distinction to Hanan’s efficiency. If somebody comes as much as sponsor him, I’m positive Kerala would add one other Olympian to the listing,” stated Harshad.