Deepak Adhikari of Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC), who won the gold medal in the 10,000 meters race at the 9th National Games with a national record, has handed over the success to his parents.
Deepak completed the allotted distance in 30 minutes and 10.30 seconds, breaking the almost 9-year-old record. Earlier in 2014, he had set a record of 30 minutes 30.99 seconds at the Incheon Asiad. This time Gopi had to settle for a silver medal. He clocked 30 minutes 38.32 seconds to settle for the silver medal.
Many athletes have played athletics during their school life. It, however, does not apply to Adhikari’s life. He never ran in school but only started running after joining the army. Deepak from Baseri 6 of Dhading Gaganjmuna rural municipality does not know about his family background in sports, but he only knows that his grandfather used to run.
It has not been long since he introduced himself as a runner. In 2076 BS, he won a bronze medal in the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) in his home country. He had completed the prescribed distance in 30 minutes 50 seconds to win the bronze medal.
This time he not only improved his personal time, but also set a national record.