CWG and the Asian Games on Aman Borgohain’s radar after national gold
After winning gold in the 200m with a personal best 20.75 seconds at the 60th National Open Athletics Championships at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Hanamkonda in Warangal, Telangana on Sunday, sprinter Amlan Borgohain has now set his sights on the Commonwealth and Asian Games Next year. The 23-year-old, who has been training at the Reliance Foundation Odisha Athletics High-Performance Center (HPC) in Bhubaneswar since April 2020, has decimated the rest of the field in a dazzling performance. Borgohain had won silver in the 100m earlier in the competition, setting a new record of 10.34, but it was his exceptional performance in the 200m on the final day of races that established his credentials as one of the youngsters. the most impressive athletes in the country.
“I expected to dominate the race,” said a confident Borgohain after his victory. âMy coach said we could win the race in the call room and that’s what I did with my presence and my confidence. I was happy with my performance but I made some technical mistakes so I know I can still run a lot faster. Over the past few months, I have improved my speed endurance and my finishing speed. This is something that I and my coach have been working on specifically for this competition.
âFirstly it was a significant improvement over his personal best and secondly the manner and confidence with which he really took ownership of the race from start to finish was very impressive,â said James Hillier. , Head Coach, Reliance Foundation Odisha Athletics High-Performance Center. âIt was fascinating to see that he was the only non-international in the race and the least experienced. However, he was bursting with class which made it seem like he was the most experienced activist on the ground. “
Since joining HPC 18 months ago, Borgohain’s progress has been remarkable. His personal best in the 200m when he was recruited was 21.89 seconds. The benefits of a professionally run program run by the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, where athletes receive cutting edge support in areas such as nutrition, psychology, strength training, flexibility, recovery and conditioning, have done wonders for him. His PBs have steadily improved, Borgohain recording times of 21.15 and 21.10 seconds in the Performance Graded internal races at HPC earlier this year. At Warangal, he was able to further improve these times to 21.00 seconds in the heats and 20.75 seconds in the final.
âOne of the main areas we are working on is ankle stiffness, a stiffer ankle allows an athlete to be more efficient with every step he takes,â explains Hillier, giving an overview of the technical aspects of the Borgohain training regimen. âHe’s definitely the best 200m runner in the country right now. I would like to take him to Europe next year to compete on the European circuit and gain more experience competing against quality foreign athletes.
Although Hillier thinks Borgohain is a more ânaturalâ 200m runner, he also aims to improve the 100m. The 43-year-old British national believes his pupil can reach 10.2 seconds or “even faster” in the 100m. For his part, while Borgohain was satisfied with the silver medal, he regretted the fact that his starting blocks had slipped on the shot, leaving him a few meters lower on the 30m stage.
âHowever, I finished extremely strong for the silver medal and the slight disappointment of not winning knowing I could have done it boosted me for the 200m,â said Borgohain.
âIf he continues to go faster over 100ms it will help his 200m,â Hillier adds. “I think in the right race he can break the national 100m record.”