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Arokia Rajiv
Rajiv at the 2017 Asian Championships
Personal information
Full nameSoundararajan Arokia Rajiv
Born (1991-05-22) 22 May 1991 (age 33)
Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1][2]
Weight65 kg (143 lb)[1]
Military career
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Army
Rank Subedar
Unit8 Madras
AwardsArjuna Award
SportTrack and field
Event400 metres
ClubIndian Army[2]
Coached byMohammed Kunhi (personal)
Bahadur Singh Chauhan (national)
Radhakrishnan Nair (national)[2]
Achievements and titles
Personal best45.37 (doha 2019)
Medal record
Representing  India
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 2018 Jakarta Men's 4×400 m
Gold medal – first place 2018 Jakarta Mixed 4×400m
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Incheon 400 m
South Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2016 Guwahati/Shillong 400 m
Gold medal – first place 2016 Guwahati/Shillong 4×400 m
Asian Championships
Silver medal – second place 2017 Bhubaneswar 400 m
Gold medal – first place 2017 Bhubaneswar 4×400 m
Military World Games
Silver medal – second place 2015 Mungyeong 400 m
Updated on 28 August 2018

Subedar Arokia Rajiv (born 22 May 1991) is an Indian sprinter and a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in Indian Army who specialises in the 400 metres distance. He won silver medals in the men's and mixed 4 × 400 m relays at the 2018 Asian Games and placed third in the individual 400 m in 2014. He won medals in both the 400 m and 4 × 400 m events at the 2016 South Asian Games and 2017 Asian Championships. He competed in the relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[2] He competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Men's 4 × 400 m relay event where the Indian team broke the Asian and National Records and clocked a time of 3:00.25.[3]

Early life[edit]

Rajiv was born in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu,[1] in a poor family. He studied at the Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Lalgudi, and St. Joseph's College, Tiruchirappalli.[4]


Rajiv began his career as a long jumper before taking to 400 metres.[2] At the 2019 Asian Championship, he Finished 4th Place, clocking 45.37 seconds in the final. In the process, he bettered his previous best of 45.92 seconds, which he had achieved at the Asian Games in Incheon on 28 th September 2014.[5] Enrolled into the 8th Battalion of the Madras Regiment of Indian Army on March 15, 2011, Subedar Arokia Rajiv was honoured by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi with the prestigious Arjuna Award for his outstanding contribution in Athletics in 2017. Subedar Arokia Rajiv becomes the second Arjuna Awardee from the Madras Regiment after Havildar Peter Thangaraj who had received the Award for his outstanding achievements as India's football goalkeeper.[6]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  India
2013 Asian Championships Pune, India 6th 400 m 46.63
4th 4 × 400 m relay 3:06.01
2014 Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 400 m 45.92
4th 4 × 400 m relay 3:04.61
2017 Asian Championships Bhubaneswar, India 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 400 m 46.14
1st place, gold medalist(s) 4 × 400 m relay 3:02.92
2018 Commonwealth Games(Heat 2) Gold Coast, Australia H2- 2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:04.051

1Did not finish in the final


  1. ^ a b c "Arokia Rajiv". results.glasgow2014.com. 2014 Commonwealth Games. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e Arokiarajiv Archived 3 September 2018 at the Wayback Machine. asiangames2018.id
  3. ^ "Tokyo 2020: Fastest in Asia, yet not quick enough in men's 4×400 relay". The Indian Express. 7 August 2021. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Lalgudi youth wins bronze in Asiad". The Hindu. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  5. ^ Athletics at the 2014 Asian Games – Men's 400 metres
  6. ^ "Proud nation honours Arokia Rajiv with Arjuna award- The New Indian Express".

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