India won 3 gold medals at the recently concluded Asian Athletic Championships in Doha and Gomathi Marimuthu‘s was one of them.
Securing a podium finish in Women’s 800m race, 30-year-old Gomathi proved it’s never too late to turn your dreams into reality.
Look at this Run, Gomathi Marimuthu from Trichy, winning the 800mtrs Gold at the Asian championship at Doha.— MAJOR SUBRAT MISHRA,SM 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@SUBRATSMSM) April 25, 2019
No Hugs Handshakes from fellow atheletes, no official running to congratulate her
30yrs of age from a Village near Salem.
Unsung Heroine of our Country. pic.twitter.com/qhyb6SL793
Things are looking bright for her now but she has seen some really rough times in the past. Talking to the reporters about the same, she said:
I was not part of the camp for a month and trained alone. Government of India did not help me and I got ready in my own money.
While further adding that she will get an Olympic medal for the country if she gets proper assistance.
If government of Tamil Nadu helps me, I will train hard and try and win an Olympics medal. There is still one year for the event. Since this event was in a short period and I was recovering from an injury, I couldn’t clock my best timing in the race.
And then she went on to talk about the sacrifices of her late father and left everyone teary-eyed.
My father was not able to walk when I was training for the championship. We don’t have bus or light facilities in my village. So to catch the bus at 4.30, my father used to wake me up at 4 AM and help me with household work if my mother is not well. I miss him.
This story isnt only abt her heroic struggle (which it is) bt abt how ZERO shit works- with govt claiming 100% electrification+ health insurance coverage— Vidya (@VidyaKrishnan) April 27, 2019
She is literally spelling it out that she shares this hoping no other sportsperson goes thru this. May be that’s the story?
“I would have considered him as my God.“
When my father was not well and admitted in the hospital, he ate the food kept for cattle just because he wanted to provide food for me for sports training I still cannot accept or forget it. If he was alive now, I would have considered him as my God.
The previous tweet doesnt capture how sad this presser was- just to listen to her say she misses her dad- who died w/o proper care. At one point, her father had to eat the fodder meant for cows! Wtf!— Vidya (@VidyaKrishnan) April 27, 2019
+ add tot his the regular no electricity/roads kinda problems as well. https://t.co/jhJAcEdoMG
While on the outside, it looks like all her dreams have come true – and they have- we didn’t know what actually went into winning that medal.
Reading your translation, heart goes out to her. Really proud of her achievement.— Chowkidar Abhishek (@HanAbBol) April 27, 2019
Now, since we are politicizing an obviously heroic story which has a really distressing back story, Tamil Nadu government should indeed be ashamed!
This is so hearbreaking..— Kannamma Raman (@kannammaraman) April 27, 2019
I have no clue what she is saying — other than the oft repeated 'appa' & your part-translation. It still teared me up.— Who (@iWeltschmerz_) April 27, 2019
Now that she has risen herself with pure determination — how many we sentients assist.
Fundraiser? Kickstarter? Privileged to contribute.
Salute her, and her father.. inspiration for all fathers.— arvind bhanumurthy (@ariputtar) April 27, 2019