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Kerala man reignites passion for athletics at 58, becomes int’l race walker

Eldho Paul

The demands of life led Eldho Paul, 58, of Ernakulam in Kerala, to set aside his love for athletics in his youth. However, Eldho Paul was never ready to give up his passion for athletics. Now, at the age of 58, he has reignited the flame to become an international race walker.

Eldho Paul of Mekkad in Nedumbassery has embarked on a rigorous training regimen, defying the skepticism of those who doubted his ability to make a mark in the highly competitive world of international athletics. He is now a professional athlete who has won titles in both national and international race walking competitions.

Eldho, who worked in the Angamaly fish market for nine years, states that he entered professional race walking competition in the 2017 Masters State Meet. “I could only secure fourth place in the competition, but I wasn’t ready to give up. I started practicing every day for the 2018 state masters meet and won a gold medal in 2018,” Eldho told “Open Digest.”

In the same year, he participated in the National Masters Meet and won a gold medal. This victory provided him with the opportunity to participate in the International Masters meet held in Spain. Eldho has not limited himself to race walking; he is also into arm wrestling. Additionally, he has honed a skill in mirror writing Malayalam. “I started mirror writing Malayalam for fun in 1989. But now I can easily write complex Malayalam sentences in mirror writing,” he added. Eldho is also an ardent Kabbadi player.

Eldho’s achievements stand as a testament to the adage that age is just a number. His story serves as an inspiration to many who may have set aside their dreams for different reasons. His success at an age when many consider slowing down challenges societal norms and proves that it’s never too late to pursue one’s passion.

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