Assam sprinter Amlan Borgohain won the Gold medal in the 200m event on the final day of the National Open Athletics Championships 2021 in Warangal, Telangana on Sunday.
23-year-old Borgohain also secured a silver medal in the 100m event in the same championship held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday.
In a proud moment, the sprinter clocked a new meet record in the event en route to his gold medal as he crossed the line in 20.75 seconds.
He broke the record of Kerala’s Arunjith Nair's 20.92 seconds set in 2007 at Jamshedpur. Borgohain is now a trainee of Reliance Academy in Bhubaneswar.
Congratulatory messages started pouring in for the sprinter. "Assam Sprinter Amlan Borgohain wins the Gold Medal in 200M race in 60th Senior Open National Athletics Championship, Telengana today with a Meet Record in 20.75 Seconds. Congratulations Amlan, Assam is Proud of You," tweeted Association Lakhya Konwar, general secretary of the Assam Olympic Association.
Assam Power Minister Bimal Borah tweeted, "Many congratulations to sprinter Amlan Borgohain for winning First place medal at the 200 m event with a MEET record time of 20.75 seconds at the 60th Senior Open National Athletics Championship, Telengana. The whole of Assam is proud of you Amlan. Kudos and best wishes."
The National Open Athletics Championships is a competition organised by the Athletics Federation of India, which serves as the national championship for the sport in India. This event was the final major domestic meet of the season for the Indian athletes.