Who is Amoj Jacob, who will present India’s challenge in Paris Olympics on behalf of the relay race team

India’s relay race team has qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024 to be held next month. Amoj Jacob is also a prominent face of this team. The most famous track and field athlete in India is the great Milkha Singh. It has been a long time since India achieved success in track and field events at the international level. But then a new generation of young and dynamic athletes emerged who brought India back on track. The most prominent name among them is Amoj Jacob. Amoj is an energetic sprinter who won the gold medal in the 400 meters event at the Federation Cup in 2021 with a time of 45.68 seconds.

PA Amoj Jacob, born on 2 May 1998, is a sprinter from India who excels in the 400m and 800m races. His journey in sports began during his time at St. Xavier’s School in Rohini, Delhi. One day, his coach suggested he try becoming a sprinter. In 2021, Jacob achieved a major milestone by winning the gold medal in the 400m event at the 2021 Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships. In July 2017, Jacob was part of India’s winning team in the 4×400m relay at the Asian Athletics Championships.

The team comprised Jacob, Kunhu Muhammed, Arokia Rajiv and Mohammed Anas. They finished the race in 3 minutes and 2.92 seconds, the best time of the season in Asia. It was India’s first gold since the event was held in Seoul in 1975. This stellar performance led the team to go into the Athletics World Championships in August 2017 with the sixth-best time in the world. Jacob also participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, competing in the men’s 4×400 metres relay. His team broke Asian and national records by finishing the race in 3 minutes and 0.25 seconds. In 2021, Jacob won the gold medal in the 400 metres race at the 2021 Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships.

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