Hangzhou [China], September 30 (ANI): Ajith Markose, coach of Indian Asian Games 10000 m medallists Kartik Kumar and Gulveer Singh said that both the athletes were dedicated and that's what set them apart from others.
The final of the men's 10000m was a double delight for India as Kartik bagged silver and Gulveer clinched bronze in the Asian Games on Saturday.
"What sets them apart is their dedication. They are always very open to inputs and suggestions. For athletes so young, their understanding of their body is very good. That is what sets them apart," Ajith told Reliance Foundation. Kartik won silver with a timing of 28:15.38s while Gulveer clocked 28:17.21s to claim the bronze.
Both Indians got into medal contention in the final 100 metres after three of their competitors fell in quick succession after colliding with each other.
"They have been a part of Reliance Foundation's athletics program since October last year. We have been preparing for this season. They were a part of our training centre in Ooty. A lot of credit also has to go to their Army coach Yunus Khan" said the coach. "Coach Khan was instrumental in getting them to our camp. After preparation, they went to the national camp, where they have been working with coach Scott Simmons from United States of America. Their improved confidence has helped them a lot in today's display" the coach added. Ajith Markose further praised both athletes and said that they improved their personal performance.
"Kartik just went all out and broke the rhythm of all the other athletes. He is someone who always likes to surge at the beginning. That's his strength. The incredible thing about today is both of them improved their personal bests by almost half a minute" he said.
A medal was within their reach but it would have only happened with a personal best and they did that today. They delivered when it mattered the most. Surendra Singh, the current national record holder in 10000m has also guided them at the national camp and deserves a lot of credit," he addeid. (ANI)