The 88 year old veteran athlete from Belgaum Srikrishna Deshpande (88) died of an cardiac arrest while he was running the 3.5 kms marathon for the under 90 years in Pune on December 2 at the
27th Pune International Marathon. He is survived by two sons and two daughters. Deshpande ws bearing chest number 27 acollapsed near Vijay Talkies on Laxmi Road. Police constables who had been deployed rushed Deshpande to Poona Hospital. Later, the doctors declared his death due to cardiac arrest.
Mr. Deshpande retired from RMS Railway Mail Department employee in 1981. Then started his athletic career at the age of 65.
He has been running for over 25 years now and he has ran in over 325 events in India and abroad.
He had taken up running to improve his health and was also encouraging his son to take part in it. He bagged a gold medal in an athletic meet in Sri Lanka. Lack of sponsorship forces him to spend money from his pension to participate in national or international events.
Srikrishana Deshpande was an example for the youth when he ran, he took part in all the prestigious marathons held in the country and his main aim was to be fit.
A Warrior died on the battleground.