Dalip Rana: Another Long Distance Running Prodigy

Dalip Rana, is another name you need to remember after Budhia Singh. He is the second child prodigy from Orissa to emerge as a long distance runner. What’s with Orissa ? I urge the Sports Ministry to adopt the whole state and train them to be long distance runners, to take on the Kenyans and the Ethiopians in the Olympics.

As the TOI reports

Even as the controversy over five-year-old Budhia Singh’s marathon exploits continued to smoulder, yet another child in Orissa provided an awesome exhibition of his talent by running 38 km in five and a half hours.

Dilip Rana, who was not known to be a long distance runner, started at around 3.30 am from Pipli on Monday and ran towards Puri reaching the lion’s gate of the Sri Jagannath temple at around 9 am.

Strangely enough, Rana, a class eight student of a local school at Pipli, began running only about a fortnight ago.

This is phenomenal talent, like Budhia’s and if nurtured it will bring great laurels to the individual and the country.