Some people still have the desire to win at an elderly age and they deserve maximum appreciations for their efforts. At an old age, when people take care of their health condition, Cdr Sriramulu is breaking the stereotype to show the world that he still has got passion in him to win.
In what was a staggering achievement that is one to remember, relish and rejoice, Cdr Sriramulu from Visakhapatnam has bagged the silver medal in the 10 km race walk event at the ongoing World Masters Athletics Championship 2018 which is being held at Malaga in Spain.
Many told Sriramulu not to participate in the race event as he is past his prime but the grandfather had other ideas to his decisive approach. Super senior naval veteran came through with flying colours in the 90-95 age group.
He successfully finished the race in 1 hour 27 minutes on the Mediterranean coast previously this week. An official spokesperson of the Indian Navy announced Cdr Sriramulu’s achievement on Tuesday. The 23rd Edition of the World Athletics Championship is currently being staged at Malaga Athletics Stadium, Spain from September 4 to September 15.
In 2016, he won three gold medals in 5 km, 10 km and 20 km race walk events in the 90-95 age group at the World Masters Athletics Championships held at Perth, Australia. After earning the ‘World Champion Title’ by winning three races in Australia, he was announced as the “Athlete of Asia” in 2016 for his terrific performance.
Talking about his daily routine, Cdr Sriramulu told TNM media, “Over the last 6 years, my routine has been fixed: I wake up at 2.00am and drink ginger lemon tea. At 3.45am, I start off to the Beach Road and walk until 6 or 7 am to practice for my 20km walk.
Then after reaching home, I have breakfast at 8.30am. It’s usually something light like eggs or idlis. This is followed by lunch at 12.30pm. For lunch, I only have curd rice and take a spoonful of servings of curries and a little dal. I do not have dinner, I just have a glass of buttermilk at about 6 pm and go to bed by 8.30pm.”
The World Masters Athletics Championships is a biennial event (that takes place every year). Cdr Sriramulu has made a real case for himself as a viable athlete as he has won nearly 100 medals in national and international level athletics competitions.