Chandu's medal hunt under SAF Games medalist coach


He shone bright with his gold in 10,000 meters and the half marathon, thanks to his hard work and the support from his coach, Abraham Mathew

Thiruvananthapuram: This year's Kerala University Athletic meet witnessed a new talent getting brighter. Chandu, an MA Public Relation's student from Anchal St. John's College has clinched a double gold in the meet.

He shone bright with his gold in 10,000 meters and the half marathon, thanks to his hard work and the support from his coach, Abraham Mathew.

Chandu, a resident of Thevannur, Ayoor, lost his father when he was young. He was raised by his mother, Sumangala who works in a Cashew factory. At the age of eighteen Chandu started taking his athletics career more seriously and meeting Abraham Mathew was what turned out to be a career break for him.

Abraham Mathew is a veteran athlete who was in the Indian team which won the gold in 4x100 relay in the 1987 SAF Games in Kolkata. He was also the winner in the 110 meter hurdles championship in the inter-university meet held at Varanasi.

Abraham also held a state record for the 100-meter sprint for a long time. He is currently the coach at the day boarding facility at the St. John's College at Anchal where Chandu is being trained.

Under his guidance Chandu improved his 10,000m silver to gold and defended his half marathon title. Five students being trained by Abraham Mathew have clinched medals in the meet this time. "It is the support from the college and the dedication of the students that has brought success", Abraham said.

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