Canagasabai Kunalan was a former Singapore sprinter whose sprinting accomplishment in the 60’s and 70’s saw him achieving two Olympics participations, five Asian Games and nine Southeast Asian Peninsular Games medals. He will always be much remembered for his men’s 100m record of 10.38 seconds which stood firm for 33 years before being broken in 2001. He has a personal best of 10.38 seconds in the 100m, 21.3 seconds in the 200m and 47.9 seconds in the 400m events.Kunalan started running quite late and retired early when a heel injury halted his true potential. There have been notions raised by the media if he could probably have achieved much more if he were to start running much earlier than discovering it at the age of 21 years old, or the fact if his Achilles injury hadn’t forced him to retire at the age of 28 years old from sprinting during the end of 1970 when he was at the peak of his prime.Kunalan first love was actually soccer and not running. He was first discovered by Tan Eng Yoon who became his coach when he was studying at the old Teachers’ Training College. Kunalan was then involved in Singapore Teachers’… Read full this story
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