Thonakal Gopi aka Thanackal Gopi is an Indian athlete who qualified to represent India at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the marathon event. Born in a tribal family of Kerala on May 24, 1988, his father Kallingal Babu, is a farmer in Sulthan Bathery. He is currently serving in the Indian Army. He joined as a general recruit, starting as a Hawildar at the Army Artillery Center in Hyderabad and completed the 9 months mandatory Army training. He sends all his savings home as he is the only earning member of his family except for a monthly purchase of shoes which are priced at roughly Rs 10,000 per pair to accommodate the number of miles that the athlete runs each month since he does not have any corporate sponsorship and has to purchase his own shoes (as of mid 2016). He and his fellow athletes have to make a huge sacrifice of not meeting their families and staying away from home for 11 out of 12 months of the year in order to compete on the world stage. Gopi ranked 25th in the men’s marathon event in Rio Olympics 2016 with a time of 2:15:25 thereby competing with fellow Indians Kheta Ram and Nitendra Singh Rawat, Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, Jared Ward of United States and much more. People who are willing to contact the athlete Thonakal Gopi can find his contact number, contact email id, office details (fax number, phone number, email id), social profiles, official website, etc can read out this article and can find what is available from them.
Gopi went to Kakkavayal Govt. Higher Secondary School and used to participate in school and college meets where he was spotted by KP Vijayi, physical education teacher who made sure that he did not miss any morning training session. He began a bachelor’s degree in Economics at Mar Athanasius College in Kothamangalam, Kerala, but dropped out in the third year. From there his journey of becoming an athlete was started. Being a 10,000m athlete, he accompanied Nitendra Rawat on track at the 2016 Mumbai marathon for the first 30 km so that Rawat may qualify for the Olympics. Gopi decided to accompany him till the 35km and continued till the finish line and clocked 2:16:15s. He secured a place for himself in the Rio Olympics. He won the 2014 Gold Medal in the 10,000 meter National Open Athletics and the 2016 Gold Medal in the South Asian Games and represented India in the 2016 Asian Cross Country Championships including his participation in the Rio Olympics 2016 where he secured 25th place for himself making India proud.
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