Greatest Indian runners of all time
- There have been a few athletes who have been pathbreakers in their respective competitions.
#2 Norman Pritchard
Born in Calcutta in 1877 to British parents, Norman Pritchard was the first Asian athlete to win an Olympic medal. He represented the country of his birth, India, at the Summer Olympics at Paris in 1900 and won two silver medals at the Games.
The first one came in the 200-metre race where he finished second behind American athlete Walter Tewksbury, while the second silver medal came in the 2000-metre hurdles event wherein the great Alvin Kraenzlein claimed the gold.
An avid footballer, he also has been credited for scoring the first hat-trick in an open football tournament while representing his college St. Xavier's. Post his Olympic performance, Norman shifted base to Britain in 1905 before migrating to the United States where he pursued a new career as a silent film actor under the screen name of Norman Trevor.
He appeared in several Broadway shows and quite a few Hollywood movies which included Beau Geste (1926) and Dancing Mothers (1926). He passed away in Los Angeles in 1929.Published 03 Mar 2017, 14:16 IST