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nalgene
RE: There are over a billion people in India. So why havent they had any great runners yet?

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There was this one back a few years ago. Ran the 800 meters. A woman I think....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBTG-QwbNsE

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sriram_Singh
The high point of Sriram Singh's career was the 800m race in 1976 Montreal Olympics. Prior to the competition he had never run on synthetic tracks. The qualifying round, the semifinal and the final were run on successive days. In the first race, he broke his own Asian record with a time of 1:45.94. In the semifinal, he came second in a time of 1:46.40.

In the final, Singh led at the bell with a time of 50.85 ahead of Cuban Alberto Juantorena's 50.90. Juantorena caught up with him around the 550m mark and won in a world record time of 1:43.50. Singh faded away in the home straight to finish seventh with a time of 1:45.77. Juantorena later attributed his world record to Sriram's front running.

Sriram Singh's time stood as an Asian record till 1994 and as of 2007 is still the Indian national record. He retained his 800m gold medal in the 1978 Asian Games (1:48.80), but was eliminated in the heats of the same event in the Moscow Olympics.

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