Gurmeet Singh: Profile 2012 London Olympics

Updated: Jul 16, 2012, 20:37 PM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Full Name: Gurmeet Singh

Born: 1 July 1985

Sports: 20 km race walk

Gurmeet Singh (20 km walk) qualified for the 20-km walk in the 2012 London Olympics after finishing sixth in the 18th Dublin International Grand Prix in Ireland.

Born on July 1, 1985, in a small village in Uttarakhand, Gurmeet was inspired to take up the sport by his cousin Sukhbir Singh, also an athlete.

He won a silver medal in his debut appearance at the junior nationals in 2000. In 2001, he tasted success for the first time on the international stage, finishing fifth in the Junior Asian Championship at Brunei.

He also won a gold medal in the 2008 Federation Cup and gold in the 2009 nationals.