When it’s hard don’t think about it just get it done. That’s exactly what an ex-Navy commando proved. The 32-year-old Praveen Teotia – a Shaurya Chakra winner and a former marine commando, who was certified unfit for service after a bullet damaged his lungs during 26/11 Mumbai attacks, finished a 72-km-long Khardung La marathon in the stipulated time and also won a medal -- all to prove his fitness.
He also became partially hearing-impaired after the attacks. Because of the injuries, he was given a non-active duty job by the Navy. But Teotia kept his injuries aside and started participating in marathons.
Teotia began his training in 2014 and participated in the 2015 Mumbai half-marathon under another name, as he was not sure of the Navy's reaction if he failed.
It was difficult for him to convince the Navy that he was fit. "I bear them no ill-will. They work according to the book and I was in a junior rank. But I wanted everyone to know I was the same man that went into the Taj hotel a commando. I had the right not to be forgotten," Teotia told.
Teotia had also finished the Khardung La Challenge on Saturday, September 9. It involves running at an altitude higher than 18,380 ft and finishing the challenge in 14 hours. Teotia finished it in 12.5 hours and even earned a medal.
If there is something that such marathon race requires along with practice and stamina, it’s the will power and an attitude to never give up and there can hardly be any person better than someone from the Armed Forces and that’s what the former ‘marine’ proved.
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Radhika is a sports journalist and currently she is working for Sports Flashes. She has also worked with News World India, Times Now and Incourt as an assistant reporter intern. She is a sports freak and writes for all the sports but has special liking for badminton.