History of India in Marathon: 11 Olympics, 11th is Best Finish

Starting from 1920, 18 Indian Men have participated in Marathon at 11 Olympics. After a gap of 32 years, Indian resumed Marathon participation in 2012 Olympics. 2016 Olympics matched the biggest team of 3 members (of 1960 Olympics) for Marathon. For 13 Olympics, no Indians represented in Marathon, while on three occasions Indians Did not Finish complete Marathon. Shivnath Singh, who has India’s best finish of 11th is the only one to represent India twice in Olympics for Marathon. Here is the list of Indian participants at different Olympics.

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None from India at Marathon

    1900, 1928, 1932, 1956, 1968, 1972, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008

18 Indians for Marathon in 11 Olympics

    1920: Phadeppa Chaugule: 19th in Marathon. Sadashir Datar: Did not finish
    1924: Mahadeo Singh: 29th in Men’s Marathon
    1936: Arul Swami: 37th in Men’s Marathon
    1948: Chhota Singh: Did not finish in Men’s Marathon
    1952: Surat Mathur: 52nd in Men’s Marathon
    1960: Lal Chand 40th in Men’s Marathon
    Jagmal Singh 45th in Men’s Marathon
    Ranjit Bhatia 60th in Men’s Marathon
    1964: Balkrishan Akotkar 33rd Men’s Marathon
    Harbans Lal 43rd Men’s Marathon
    1976: Shivnath Singh 11th in Men’s Marathon
    1980: Hari Chand 31st Men’s Marathon
    Shivnath Singh: Did not Finish
    2012: Ram Singh Yadav finished 78th in Marathon
    2016: Thonakal Gopi (24th), Kheta Ram (25th), Nitender Singh Rawat (84th)

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