India's Gopi Thonakal winning Asian Marathon championship at Dongguan, China, this morning clocking 2:15:48. This the maiden feat that Indian Male won this championship.
Gopi hails from a very poor farmer family in Wayanad district. Gopi was spotted and nurtured by Vijaya Teacher of Government High School Kakkavayal, a small hamlet in the hill district Wayanad. Gopi later joined M A College, Kothamangalam for his university studies. His career bloomed after he joined the services. Now he trains under the supervision of Mr. Surerndrer, national coach for distance running He represented India in the Rio Olympics and this year’s World Athletics conducted in London. Asian Championship is his mile stone in his long run.
Congratulations Gopi, keep running!