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The Times of India, Aug 01 2016
Anas makes rapid strides
A couple of flex boards erected randomly in the streets of Nilamel panchayat are the signposts which announce the achievements of Muhammed Anas, the rising star of Indian athletics. But most people in this panchayat seems oblivious to the fact that their boy, Anas, competed in the Olympics in Rio.
His friends are upset at the panchayat authorities who have failed to acknowledge their local hero. “Look at nearby Chadyamangalam panchayat where footballers are accorded public reception. But when Anas set the national record and later qualified for the Rio Games, we told the panchayat officials of the need to celebrate the occasion. Not only they turned us away , they kept saying that they will do it after his return from Rio. Losers, What point?“ asks Bijith B, a close friend of Anas.
However, Anas is unperturbed and not too concerned about the displeasure of his friends in local panchayat. Instead, he is working hard at the SAI centre in Bengaluru. “ All these days I'm only thinking of Rio. I'm so excited and can't wait to reach there and I'm doing well training, fitness, workouts,“ said the 21-year-old.
Anas bettered the national record in 400m twice on his way to gold in the meet held at Bydgoszcz in Poland early this month, clocking 45.40 seconds.