Prabudass Krishnan is a national long-distance runner who stunned the nation at the Hokkaido-Sapporo Marathon Festival 2021 in Japan on 5th May 2021 by breaking his own half-marathon national record.

He clocked in 29 seconds faster than his previous national record of 1:07:29 at the 41st Gold Coast Marathon in Australia in 2019. The 31-year-old came in 49th place.

Prabudass was competing for the first time since December 2019 and had only two weeks to prepare for the race after recovering from viral fever.

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In his interaction with Bernama, the long-distance runner admitted that he didn't expect to break any records, but his coach advised him to participate in the race for the experience.

Prabudass had only one week of proper training and spent another week in the hotel in Japan due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

"I was only running in the hotel corridor, around 100m long for a few hours every day. We are not allowed to go out of the hotel, and even to the venue we must use the designated vehicles," he told Bernama.

On his Instagram account, Prabu's coach congratulated him and shared all the obstacles he had to face before participating in the race.

Check out his post here:

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Following his success in Japan, Prabudass will now turn his attention to qualify for the Hanoi SEA Games scheduled at the end of 2022.

Our heartiest congratulations to Prabudass. He's truly an inspiration!

Source: BERNAMA, Coach JP Instagram & Prabudass Instagram