Basanta Bahadur Rana won gold in 50km race walk at National Championships

Mar 2, 2016 10:05 IST

Olympian Basanta Bahadur Singh Rana on 28 February 2016 won the gold medal in men's 50km race walk event on the final day of the National Championships in Jaipur.

Rana clocked 4 hours 7 minutes 24 seconds to finish first on a fast Jaipur course.

Uttarakhand's Chandan Singh, who has already achieved Rio qualification mark in men's 20km event, finished second with a time of 4:09:50 while Jitender Singh Rathore of Rajasthan grabbed the bronze medal in 4:12:10.

In junior women's 10km race walk competition, Neena K T of Kerala clinched the gold. She clocked 53:12.49 to cross the finish line. Bhawna Jat of Rajasthan finished second in 53:27:79. Priyanka Patel of Uttar Pradesh clocked 53:32:95 to win the bronze medal.

Vikash Singh of Bihar won the gold in junior men's 10km race walk competition by clocking 44:32:50. Naveen of Delhi clocked 4:37:76 for the silver and Eknath Turamberker clocked 44:55:67 for the bronze medal.

About Basanta Bahadur Rana

Basanta Bahadur Rana represented India in the 50 km race walk event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. His personal best in this event before the Games was 4:02:13 and he bettered it by clocking a time of 3:56:48, which was a national record then.

Rana qualified for the Olympics at the 2012 IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Saransk, Russia in May 2012, with a B qualifying standard.

He was trained by the former national record holder Gurdev Singh.

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