Muhammad Anas Yahiya is Kerala born Indian sprinter specializing in 400 meters distance. Anas became the first athlete from India in 60 years to reach the finals of a track event at the Commonwealth Games.
Anas is India’s sprinting sensation and hope for the Olympic Medal in Tokyo Olympics 2020. Born on 17 September 1994 in Kallambalam, Kerala, Muhammad Anas made a successful transition from a Navy Man to Champion Sprinter. Born in a humble background, Anas was turned towards athletics when he was in the 5th standard. However, life wasn’t as easy as for Anas as it seems. He lost his father due to heart-attack at an early stage of his life and was helped by his mother to pursue his dream of being a sportsperson.
How it all started?
A long jumper in his school days, Muhammad Anas surprised everyone when he clocked 400 meters in just 49 seconds after his school coach had a vacancy in the 400. And then, there was no looking back. Anas then went on to win the Calicut university championship twice and a silver medal in the Indian University Championship 2014. He then also became the part of the 4x400m relay squad of Kerala that won the silver medal in the National Games in February 2015. Eventually, he was picked by the talent scouting team of the Indian Navy.
Anas ran the 400 meters semifinals in the Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast in 45.31 seconds which is less than what the “Flying Sikh” – Legendary Milkha Singh had achieved during the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, 1958. (Milkha Singh achieved the feat in 46.6 seconds)
Age: 25 years (17 September 1994)
Height: 177cm (5ft 10in)
Weight: 70 Kg (154lbs)
Alma Mater: Sree Krishna College, Guruvayur | Calicut University
Muhammad Anas Asian Games 2018
Muhammad Anas South Asian Games
Muhammad Anas Asian Championships
Muhammad Anas Commonwealth Games
Mother – Sheena
Father – Died due to heart attack in Gulf in Anas’ early days
Coach – Galina Bukharina, PB Jaikumar, Mohammed Kunji