Dharun Ayyasamy (born 31 December 1996) is an Indian track athlete. He specializes in the 400m. and the 400m. hurdles events. He participated in the 4x400m. relay event at the 2016 Olympics.
Dharun was born in a village called Ravuthampalayam near Avinashi in Tiruppur district. When he was in fourth grade, his father died of tuberculosis. Dharun’s mother is a school teacher while his sister Sathya plays volleyball for Tamil Nadu. He completed his schooling at Century foundation, Tirupur.
Dharun won the 400m hurdles gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati with a time of 50.54 seconds, finishing 0.03 seconds ahead of fellow Indian Jithin Paul whom he overtook at the last hurdle.
Dharun was surprised though. His 48.96s is the first time an Indian has run below the 49s mark in the quarter mile hurdles. His silver also seemed improbable until the final stretch. The 21-year-old was lurking in fourth till the 300m mark but passed the competitors in the last 100m stretch to cross, but an incredible burst in the final stages helped him pip Japanese Takatoshi Abe (49.12s) for a silver as the gold was taken home by Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba with a Games record time of 47.66s.
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