A 15-year-old student from RK Mission School, Sohra, Meghalaya, has set a new record by running 2.91 seconds, beating the international global benchmark of 3 seconds. Habanjop Richmond Marbaniang’s amazing feat has left everyone in awe.
The achievement has come to light on the day of the Phase-2 of Talent Identification program being conducted by the Meghalaya State Olympic Association (MSOA) and Department of Sports and Youth Affairs (DSYA) under the supervision of Ian Campbell, Olympian. The program was held on Friday, at RK Mission, Sohra, East Khasi Hills District.
Around 300 children from 10 to 18 years of age are being tested with Edge10, a cutting-edge Australian technology, at Sohra. The team will test around ten thousand children at the CR&D Block level while moving across the state.
The program had earlier tested around 4500 children, out of which 200 were selected to be a part of the one-year Elite Pathway program (EPP) that began in February 2023. The EPP is being supervised by Olympians and International Coaches, and the selected children will be groomed to represent the state at national and international levels.
The initiative taken by the MSOA and DSYA provides a unique platform for children to showcase their talents and develop their skills under the guidance of experienced professionals. It is aimed at discovering talented individuals and nurturing their abilities. With more such programs and opportunities being provided, the future of sports in Meghalaya looks bright.
Habanjop Richmond Marbaniang’s feat has created a buzz in the sports fraternity, and people are eagerly waiting for the program’s results. With such remarkable talent being discovered and groomed in the state, Meghalaya is sure to produce many world-class athletes in the future.
The Talent Identification program has received immense support from the Meghalaya government as well. Overall, the program has been a tremendous success, and it has given a new hope to the budding athletes in Meghalaya. The program has not only provided them with a platform to showcase their talents but also instilled confidence in them to pursue their passion for sports.
The Meghalaya State Olympic Association (MSOA) and Department of Sports and Youth Affairs (DSYA) are committed to discovering and nurturing sporting talent in the state, and this record-breaking feat is a testament to their dedication.