Surendra Singh makes it to Beijing Olympics in 10000m race

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Vigo, Spain, Jul 13 (UNI) India's Surendra Singh rewrote history as he improved his one-month-old national record in the men's 10000 m run with a new astonishing timing of 28:02.79s to finish fourth in the Spanish Olympic trials 'Campeonato De Espana de 10000' held here.

Surendra was determined to achieve the qualification for Beijing Olympics and planned his race with 2min 49sec pace per kilometre yesterday.

But it was the pace for the second kilometre (2:43) which put him in the fast lane along with Spanish runners and he kept running consistently below 2 min 50 sec per kilometre before speeding up the last kilometre in 2 min 38 seconds to clock 28:02.79s.

''I couldn't believe I have made it'' said an elated Surendra after the race.

He further added, ''It's been two years since I was preparing for the Olympics and finally all my hard work has paid today.'' Surendra, who joined Garhwal Rifles regiment in 1999, first represented Army in the National cross country held in Simla (2003) which earned him his maiden international cap for India.

His brilliant run in the Asian Cross Country held in Pune in 2004 brought him in the notice of Army Sports Institute where he trained for the next one year before joining India's middle and long distance coach Dr Nikolai Sneasrav's army in 2006 at Bangalore.

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