Mumbai: From a pace setter to the ultimate winner and from Hawaldar to Junior Commissioned Officer in the Army. This is a story of what Gopi Thonakal, a farmer’s son from Wayanan in Kerala has achieved so far. The 30-year-old is the champion of champions when it comes to marathon not just in India but in Asia.
The winner of the Asian championship, Gopi is all set to repeat his feat which he achieved in the last 2017, the Tata Mumbai Marathon which is all set to be flagged off in Mumbai on January 20, 2019. I have been working and I not just want to win but set a new benchmark in the championship, said Gopi who along with Bollywood star Pooja Hedge were present while unveiling the official ASICS and Procam International ‘Race Day Tee’ for the marathon, at the Trident Hotel in Mumbai on Thursday. “Life has changed full circle and that is because of marathon, and more so because I won the championship,” said Gopi.
Born in Wayanad district of the state of Kerala his parents were farmers, Gopi has been helping his parents in the field growing rice and ginger during his early days. “After I won Asian championship things have changed for me and my family,” said Gopi about his early life which has been tough. “ It was tough in my childhood days, but after I got the label as a champion marathon runner in the country things took a turn for better, And the best part has been the brand ASICS GT 2000 7 Shoes who have given me a big relief as it takes big money during training,” said Gopi, who is based Army Artillery Centre in Hyderabad.