Olympian Hari Chand: Heart breaking news has come for Indian fans. India’s sports legend Hari Chand died on Monday at the age of 69. Hari Chand was counted among the great players of India. He belonged to Ghoreva village of Hoshiarpur district of Punjab.
India was given gold medal
Hari Chand won two gold medals in the 1978 Bangkok Asian Games. He was at the top of the podium in both the 5,000m and 10,000m events. Hari Chand, a two-time Olympian and double Asian Games gold medalist, was a brilliant sprinter. Hari Chand was also awarded the Arjuna Award for his contribution to the sport.
made many records
At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Hari Chand finished eighth in the 10,000 meters with a time of 28:48.72. This was a national record, which remained for 32 years. Until Surendra Singh broke it. Thereafter, he competed in the 1980 Olympic Marathon, where he finished the race at the Lenin Stadium in Moscow with a time of 2:22:08.
constable in police
Hari Chand, a resident of Gorewaha village in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab, won the 3000 meters for the first time in the National Junior Athletics Championship in 1970. To practice with good runners, he became a chief constable in the Central Reserve Police Force. Despite his short stature, he won the long distance race on his own strength.
CM expressed grief
Condoling his death, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said that the double gold medalist of Hoshiarpur was the pride of Indian athletics and he will continue to be a source of inspiration for generations to come. AFI President Adile Sumariwala said in a condolence message, ‘Hari Chand, my partner in the 1980 Olympics, was a legend of Indian sports. I and the entire sports world are saddened by his demise. This is an irreparable loss to sports.