Amiya Mallick who is trained in the same place as Ussain Bolt (fastest man in the world) has won 100m gold in Federation cup in Mangaluru. Mallick has got training at the Racers Track Club where the likes of Bolt and Yohan Blake have been coached by Mills.
This meet is not just the season-opener but also the selection trials for the Asian championship to be held in Wuhan, China. Some of India’s finest athletes are in town. The numerous hoardings, big and small, put up across this port city in southern Karnataka remind you of that fact. The Federation Cup athletics meet gets off the block at the Mangala Stadium on Friday. The excitement is understandable as big-time athletics is making a return here after nearly three decades. The last major event was in 1987 — the National Open championship.