HARPAL SINGH BEDI
The fastest American woman in the history of 400m, Sanya Richards-Ross, on Thursday came out in support of the idea of rewriting the athletics record book , saying “ there are reports of bad (drug related) records created in 1980’s and I see no reason why clean athletes should suffer”
Sanya, who is 7th fastest women in the world in 400 m was asked whether she supports the view that records created in 1970’s onwards till 1996-98 should be reviewed as most of them are allegedly tainted.
“Yes” was her reply” why should clean runners and athletes suffer.I will not mind if the records are cleansed .
Asked whom she considers as the greatest athlete of this era, she said “without doubt Usain Bolt”
Talking to media persons, this evening the 33-year-old Olympic and World champion , who is in Delhi Ambassador of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon “said . “I have been a part of a couple of half marathons before, once was in Argentina.
“But I am really proud to be a part of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon . I believe that most of the participants are actual athletes and there is a different feel to the whole surroundings of a race day. She said
Sanya is considered by many to be one of the most graceful sprinters in recent history and is known as the fastest woman in the history of 400m from USA with her time of 48.70 set when winning at the 2006 IAAF World Cup.
The winner of three consecutive 4x400m gold medals, also commented on the changing running culture in India. “India has always produced some good runners and I believe that running has now become a part of the culture here.
“There are positive changes in the culture as lots of young people are wanting to get involved in track and field events, which is always a good indication of the status of the sport. I am proud to see how running has changes in India and I look forward to seeing more young Indian runners.”
“Running is also something that teaches you a lot from a very young age. It teaches you how to fight everyday and in every moment, and to win every race. It makes you strong mentally as well, and you learn how to have more perseverance in your life,”