BHOPAL: Southern Railways’ KP Bimin set a new national record in pole-vault – scaling 5.13m to break Vijay Pal Singh’s record of 5.10m set way back in 1987 – in the ongoing all-India inter-railways athletics meet at the Tatya Tope Stadium here on Thursday. Bimin competed with two poles he had borrowed from his friend.
“There is no one to support athletics in India. You can see that that I had to borrow poles from my friend for this event. I do not have a single pole for practice,” Bimin told TOI. “In India, the athlete does things on his own. There is hardly any support from anyone. I am doing the same for the last couple of years,” added Bimin, who hails from Kerala.
Bimin said it has been a problem for him to improve because he does not have his own poles. “On many occasions, I have been forced to change my training schedule due to lack of poles,” he said and added, “I have been trying hard for this day. I am thankful to my coaches and friends for helping me achieve such success.” When asked about his role model, he said: “I do not believe in role models. I always work on my mistakes to achieve better in life. This is the way I participate in any event,” the 27-year-old athlete said.
About his targets, Bimin said, “Obviously, Olympics is my dream. But I think one first needs to be the best in the region. Setting national record is the just the beginning.”
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