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Karan Tells Of His Journey

"The 18-year-old Yaladro, Tavua native shocked the big crowd at the Coca-Cola Games at the ANZ Stadium, Suva last week when he cruised through to win the senior boy’s 1500m final and later the 3000m."
24 Apr 2019 10:08
Karan Tells Of His Journey
Yeshnil Karan during the 2019 Island Chill Suva Marathon launch at Holiday Inn in Suva on April 23, 2019. Photo: Grace Narayan

Running with his dad Arvind Kumar after a hard day’s work at the farm inspired Yeshnil Karan to take up long distance running.

The 18-year-old Yaladro, Tavua native shocked the big crowd at the Coca-Cola Games at the ANZ Stadium, Suva last week when he cruised through to win the senior boy’s 1500m final and later the 3000m.

Returning home with two gold medals, Karan was given a he­ro’s welcome when he arrived in Tavua. He told SUNsports yesterday that his passion for running came from his dad who he often watched running up and down the field since child­hood.

“I also ran with him on our farm in Tavua and that is where I got this interest in running. It all started from watching my fa­ther,” Karan said

“So, ever since then I made up my mind to take-up the sport which led me to participate in the Chow Games back in pri­mary school and then in high school I competed at the Coke Games.”

Karan said he first ran at the Coca-Cola Games in 2017 where he finished fourth and then last year he sustained some injuries on his leg was advised not to participate.

“I then prepared well and came back this year where I managed to achieve my goal in winning gold medals in the long distance events which I am forever grate­ful for.”

Looking to the future, Karan said he is undecided on whether to join the Fiji Police Force or pursue a career in teaching.

“I come from a family of four siblings- two brothers and one sister and I’m proud to be the only one passionate about this sport.

“I believe what I have achieved so far in life wouldn’t have been possible with the never ending support of my family especial­ly my parents who are always guiding me to make responsible decisions in life.”

Last year, Karan won the 10- kilometre race at the Suva Marathon event and is hoping to defend the title this year.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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