There is little to write home about India’s performances in ‘Track and Field’ events at international tournaments. However, India came close to winning a medal in the category on two occasions – when Milkha Singh finished an agonising fourth in the 400m event at the Rome Olympics in 1960, and at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, when a bronze medal eluded PT Usha by 1/100th of a second. While Indian track athletes are unlikely to be counted amongst the fastest of all time, their accomplishments shouldn't be forgotten either. As the countdown to the Rio Olympics commences, Indian athletes would do well to peek into the past and take note of the national records that need to be surpassed for the country to assert itself on the global stage. With that in mind, let us now take a look at the five fastest Indians in 100m.
#5 Rajeev Balakrishnan (10.32 seconds)
Before Anil Kumar Prakash burst on to the national scene, Rajeev Balakrishnan was indisputably the fastest Indian. At the height of Balakrishnan’s prowess, Milkha Singh believed that the former would go on to break his 200m record.
Balakrishnan, who was based in the US for the better part of his career, clocked his best time in the 100m dash at Long Beach in the Stanford Invitational completion in 2000. By then, Prakash had already set a new national record.