Swimming legend Ervin to be Airtel Delhi Half Marathon ambassador

Swimming legend Ervin to be Airtel Delhi Half Marathon ambassador- InsideSport

After bringing reigning Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge for the last edition, Procam International has taken their romance with international Olympic legends a notch higher by roping in four-time Olympic medalist Anthony Ervin as the event ambassador for the 10th Airtel Delhi Half Marathon scheduled for November 19, 2017.

Year on year, Procam International – the pioneers of distance-running in India have provided their participants inspiration in form of legendary sports persons who have incredible personal stories to back their achievements in the sporting world.

With a distinction of being the youngest and oldest Medal Winner in Men’s 50m freestyle at Olympics, Anthony Ervin too brings with him an unusual yet astounding personal story that led him to win the 50 metre freestyle gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics 16 years after he won his first gold medal in the same event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. At 35, this feat not only made Ervin the oldest individual Olympic gold medal winner in swimming and took away the record from swimming legend Michael Phelps; it also made this victory one of the greatest comeback stories in sporting history.

What makes Ervin’s career truly admirable is that after giving up competitive swimming at the age of 22 in 2003 and auctioning his 2000 Olympic gold medal on eBay and donated the funds to Tsunami relief in South East Asia, he decided to make a comeback by resuming his training again in 2011 at the age of 30. Though he placed fifth in his pet event 50metre freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics, it did little to deter his motivation to stay resolute towards his goals. He topped his career with double gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics calling for accolades world over for his undying spirit and love for competitive sports.

This will be Ervin’s first visit to India and he is excited about being part of the 10th edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, the capital’s biggest sporting event with over 35,000 participants and one of Asia’s most prestigious running events. “I am honoured to be a part of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2017 as the event ambassador. As I know, this race is one of the most sought-after running events for elite and amateurs alike. The event has not only attracted top athletes from around the world but also inspired Delhi to take up running for a healthy lifestyle sparking an unprecedented running culture in the city. I look forward to experiencing the excitement and energy first hand and also to engage the runners and motivate them,” expressed the American swim legend.

On bringing in the celebrated Olympian Anthony Ervin, Mr. Vivek Singh, Jt. MD, Procam International said, “Year on year, we have kept up with the tradition of bringing down an international sportsperson who with their achievements are inspiration to all our participants. We are absolutely thrilled to have Anthony Ervin this year who won his second Olympic Gold in 50 mtrs Free Style at Rio Olympics, 16 years after winning his first in 2000 in Sydney. We hope through his presence many more aspiring sportspersons and enthusiasts will get inspired to commit to fitness and competitive sports regardless of age or any other odds they face.”