Irfan Kolothum Thodi is an Indian athlete from Mallapuram Kerala who competes in 20 km race event from Malappuram, Kerala. He was born on born 8 February 1990. He is also known as ‘Malappuram Express’. His entry to sports was accidental. After accompanying Ribas, one of the best walkers in Kerela he started liking the sport. After that, he participated in school meet and defeated the state champion. In 2007, he was called for trails in SAI Calicut and was selected there. And from there, his professional sports life started. Office address, residence address, phone number, fax number, email id, social profiles, official website, etc of Irfan Kolothum Thodi might also be shared in this article if available for the fans.
In March 2010 he joined army through sports quota and trained at high altitude Madras Regimental Centre in Wellington, Nilgiris. After joining the Army he got posted to Ooty where the climatic conditions were very suitable for conditional workouts. He got top class army facilities. It was a very crucial period in his sporting life as he gave most of the time to his training.
He started his journey with his current coach Gurdev Singh. In 2011 he won a silver medal at Inter State Senior National Athletic Championship after clocking of 01:30:31 and clinched a gold medal in Open National Athletic Championship after the walk in 01:27:46. Irfan had also competed in the Federation Cup at Patiala, clocking a personal best of 1:22:09. In 2012 he participated in World Race Walking Cup where he secured 19th place after a walk in 01 hour 22 minutes and 09 minutes, after which he qualified for London Olympics.
At the London 2012 Olympics, he set the Indian national record in the 20 km walk with a timing of 1:20:21 and ranked 10th and became the pride of the nation. Irfan also participated in the IAAF 20 km race walking challenge in Taicang, China, in March 2013 where he finished 5th. After the London Olympics, he signed with Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) which was indeed a good step in his sporting career, with the support of OGQ he got world class shoes, sports equipment and physio assistance. Not only OGQ supported him financially but also mentally.
Irfan participated in Rio Olympics 2016 along with his fellow athletes Baljinder Singh and Gurmeet Singh. He competed against Wang Zhen, Cai Zelin, and Dane Bird-Smith etc. With much hard work and proper assistance, he can do wonders in the sports.
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