I have written earlier about how my dream of wearing a purple jersey and representing my school for inter-school sports event was tarnished during my 6th Std. Now, I will write how another dream of mine — someone hanging a medal around my neck for winning a sports event was tarnished during my 10th Std.
I have received medals, as early as 3rd Std., but those were for cultural activities. Inspired by Olympic prize distribution ceremony, I wanted a medal for sports. When I won the 2nd prize for long jump during 6th Std. the school officials gave cups, not medals!
I shifted to a new school and noticed they were giving medals as prizes for sports. Enthused, I decided to practice long jump in which I thought I had the best chance. During my 7th, 8th and 9th Std. I tried hard, but the top three positions eluded me. During my 10th Std. also I gave my best shot, but failed once again.
I had almost given up hope, but an interesting situation manifested.
Frankly, I was never a champion runner, although I was a decent one. So, during my 10th Std. sports meet, when they announced the 100m DASH preliminaries I went to participate more for fun than with any hopes of winning. As expected, I was selected for the finals.
To my surprise I found two main runners, who could easily overtake me any day, were not among my competitors. Since they were not confident of getting the first prize, I learned, they opted out of this event in order to have a better chance at winning the individual championship.
That left me with two other competitors — my best friend, the 100m DASH specialist champion, whom I couldn’t even dream of overtaking. And another competitor from the next class who had won the first place in the just concluded 200m DASH.
I didn’t take part in 200m DASH because I was a short distance runner. So while I was fresh from my class, he was looking exhausted. What a Luck, I thought 🙂
The whistle was blown and we started running. At half distance, I found myself in the second position. My best friend was miles in front, but the 200m guy was trailing closely behind. Somehow I kept up my lead right until the finish line and won SILVER 😀
I couldn’t believe it!! I had to repeat my name thrice to my P. T. master because he was not even familiar with me 😛
To my extreme happiness, Kris Srikkanth was the Chief Guest who was hanging the medals for prize winners during that year’s sports meet. So when our names were called, I was all smiles and raced to receive my medal.
As expected, he hanged the medal for the first prize winner. Then it was my turn. He got a certificate and a medal without a thread from the P. T. Master. So he just handed it over to me. But the medal for the third prize winner came with the thread and he hanged it around his neck.
Everyone got a medal with a thread, which they hung proudly throughout that day. But here I was, with a medal in my hands!!
Heck… 🙁 🙂