Evergreen Rama honoured by association

Ramakrishnan (centre) receiving the incentive from Shafie. Looking on is immediate past POMNS president R. Rajendran.

RAMAKRISHNAN Manikam received a much-needed boost from the Negri Sembilan Masters Athletics Association (POMNS).

He received a cash incentive from POMNS president Shafie BP Mammal at their annual dinner held at the Royal Sungei Ujong Club (RSUC) in Seremban.

Rama, as he is fondly known in the Negri athletics fraternity, was honoured because he won two gold medals in the Asian Masters Athletics Championships in Kuching, Sarawak, in December last year.

He made Negri proud by winning the 1,500m in five minutes, and the 2,000m steeplechase in 9.18 seconds.

Rama had trained on his own in Seremban two months prior to the meet by running 5km per day.

Among those who attended the POMNS annual dinner were Negri masters athletes who alongside Ramakrishnan had won medals at the Malaysian Masters Athletics Championships at the Universiti Malaya’s sports arena in June 2019.

They were K. Ramasamy (one gold, one silver, one bronze), Wong Yew Tho (one gold), Lee Yau Hong (three silver), Malik Taib (two silver), A. Arumugam (one bronze) and R. Vengtraman (one bronze).

The 66-year-old retired telecommunications department employee Rama said: Under the tutelage of national coach K. Yogesvaran and Negri coach RRM Krishnan, I set the Negri 3,000m steeplechase record of 9.15.9 seconds in 1982.

“My record eclipsed the previous record 1971 of 9.16 seconds. Three years later in 1985, I lowered it to 9.3 seconds.

“My best ever showing was finishing sixth in the 800m at the 12th World Masters Championships in Durban, South Aftrica, in July 1997.”

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