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Did you Know This? India’s first Olympic marathon runner is from Belgaum

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Did You Know This?

Phadeppa (Pavananjey) Dareppa Chaugule is India’s first Olympic marathon runner. He represented India in the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium and finished 19th with a timing of 2 hours 50 minutes 45.2 seconds. He hails from the town of Belgaum in Karnataka.

He was born in 1902 in to a Jain farmer family from Sheri Galli. He used to practice for the marathon by running bare footed from Belgaum to Khanapur.   He expired in 1952.

 

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org

http://www.tarunbharat.com/EditionsNews.asp?daten=8/6/2008&id=5628

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