Ullas Narayan won India’s first international medal in ultra running


Ullas Narayan became the first Indian individual medal winner in an international ultra running event by winning bronze in the 2018 International Association of Ultra Running (IAU) 24 Hour Asia & Oceania Championships in Taipei, Taiwan.

  • Ullas Narayan secured third position as he completed 250 km. He finished behind Japanese runners Yoshihiko Ishikawa (253 km) and Nobuyuki Takahashi (252 km).
  • Indian team, comprising Ullas Narayan (250 km), Sunil Sharma (202 km) and L L Meena (192 km), also won a bronze medal with their combined distance of 644 km.
  • In the team event, Japan won gold with a distance of 756 km and Australia got silver with 684 km.
  • Ultra races consisted running over extremely long distances which are much longer than the traditional races.
  • They are contested in 2 different types of race modalities: over a set distance or a set time.
  • The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) joined IAU, the official body for Ultra Running, in 2017.