Tibetan Runner Qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

A Tibetan youth coming from a family of shepherds has qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The Tibetan athlete is running at various international meets representing China and he will be seen running in the upcoming Olympic games in Tokyo representing China in 2020.

Topgyal, 25, is a Tibetan youth born as a shepherd who has been running in the professional tracks and fields of national stadiums dreaming of an Olympic gold.

Topgyal first started running in the team of China occupied Tibet Autonomous Region in 2009 when he was in the middle school. He later moved to Lhasa to get his training actually in big sport court with real rubber-floored 400m track. In 2011, Topgyal left Tibet for the first time to compete in Jinan, Shandong Province, and then to Beijing. During the 2016 Rio Games, Topgyal became the first athlete from China occupied Tibet Autonomous Region to contest track and field at the Olympics. In Rio, he finished his second marathon in 2:24:22.

While his previous Olympics was not that successful, Topgyal is a bronze medalist of the men’s marathon at the Jakarta Asian Games and he has been qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after winning the Xuzhou International Marathon on Sunday, becoming the second runner from China to qualify.

He runs at least 40km a day for practice so that it is much easier for him to reach the Olympic finals.

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