Jumping through sheer success – Olympian Ankit Sharma

Ankit Sharma
Jumping through sheer success – Olympian Ankit Sharma

Someone who crossed the 6-meter mark in long jump at the age of just 13, Ankit was India’s only athlete in the Men’s Long Jump event at 2016 Rio Olympics. Hailing from a small town, Morena in Madhya Pradesh, he is an inspiration to all those who aspire to pursue athletics in the near future. Read through the interview as he mentions the hardships he faced and the way he overcame them in the field of athletics.

Quick Facts

Known As Ankit Sharma
Father’s Name Harnath Sharma
Mother’s Name Mithlesh Sharma
imd1 for Long Jump, Sport
Birthday 20th July 1992
  • Broke National record 2 times on same day of 8.19 meters at G. Kosanov Memorial Meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan - 2016
  • Gold medal at South Asian Games with a jump of 7.89 meters, breaking a 27-year Games record - 2016
  • Eklavya Award - 2009
  • Vikram Award - 2012
  • Pride of Madhya Pradesh - 2013
Place from Morena, Madhya Pradesh
Quote for Life “Karo Ya Maro” it means, you should do something in your life which adds pride to your name so that you’re remembered by your work even after death.

Beyond Athletics

Favorite Personalities Sachin Tendulkar and Amitabh Bachchan
Inspiration Mr. Prem Kumar
Food I Love Kadhi Chawal and Aloo Ke Parathe
Food I Hate Non-Vegetarian
Had I not been an Athlete then… A Cricketer
Like Vacations at Haridwar and North India
Favorite Past time Listening to music and motivating my juniors
Favorite Dialogue Karo Nahi Toh Maro
Favorite Movies/Series Pele, Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Favorite Actor/Actress Akshay Kumar and Annabelle Khan