Basanta Bahadur Rana

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Basanta Bahadur Rana
Basanta Bahadur Rana 2013.jpg
Basanta Bahadur Rana in 2013
Personal information
Nationality Indian
Born (1984-01-18) 18 January 1984 (age 33)
Country India
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 50 km walk
Club Services Sport Control Board, Delhi
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 3:56:48 (London 2012) NR
Updated on 11 August 2012.

Basanta Bahadur Rana (born 18 January 1984 in Chamkipur, Nepal[1]) is an Indian athlete who competes in racewalking.[2] He represented India in the 50 km race walk event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. His personal best in this event before the Games was 4:02:13 and he bettered it by clocking a time of 3:56:48, a new national record.

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Basanta qualified for the Olympics at the 2012 IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Saransk, Russia in May 2012, with a B qualifying standard. He was trained by the former national record holder Gurdev Singh. In the 1960 Olympics at Rome, Zora Singh was 8th clocking 4:37:44.6s.

Basanta finished 36th in the event by setting a new national record of 3:56:48. By setting this record, Basanta broke the previous national record of 4:16:22 clocked by his mentor Gurdev Singh who had set it in Hyderabad in 2005.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Basanta is from a hamlet, located 12 hours north of Kathmandu. [4] He joined the Indian army in 2002 and is currently serving at the Gorkha Regiment. Basanta is supported by Anglian Medal Hunt Company[5]