Phadeppa Dareppa Chaugule was 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 (Now Belagavi) in Karnataka.
It was Exactly 92 years ago, India made its entry into the Olympics. P.D.Chaugule participated in the Marathon at the 1920 Antwerp, Belgium Olympics on 22nd August and finished 19th. It was just one run for him but it was a great milestone for India!
He was born in 1902 to a Jain farmer family from Sheri Galli. He used to practice for the marathon by running barefoot from Belgaum to Khanapur. He expired in 1952.
Chaugule did not finish 10,000 meters; In the marathon, he was 19th in 2 hours 50:45.4 and was awarded a diploma of merit for being a top 30 finisher.