Born in Nilamel, a small village in Kerala, Muhammed Anas Yahiya began his professional athletics journey in 2014.
Anas’ journey has been one of determination and hard work. Anas had always been the fastest runner in his school
and village, but his abilities as a professional sprinter for the nation were undiscovered for a long time.
After his father’s untimely demise when he was in class 10, Anas and his brother Anees took it upon
themselves to support the family by beginning to work. It was his father’s dream to see him become an
athlete and Anas pursued that with all his might.
He began his athletics journey as a long jumper and stumbled upon a chance to participate in the 400-metre
race due to a last-minute opening in the category. Eventually, the Kerala born clocked 49 seconds in a
400-metre run, enough to beat almost all the athletes present there.
Anas first announced himself in the national circuit when he bagged a silver medal in the 400-metre run
at his maiden Inter Services Championship, as well as a silver at his first Senior National Athletics Championship.
He caught everyone’s attention when he became the 1st Indian to reach the finals of a track event at the
Commonwealth Games in 60 years. He finished the 400-metre semi-final run at the CWG in just 45.31 seconds,
which is faster than the feat achieved by the “Flying Sikh – Milkha Singh” at the Melbourne Commonwealth games,
Brimming with confidence after his performance at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Anas went on to win
silver medals in the Men’s 400-metre, 4 x 400-metre men’s relay & 4 x 400-metre mixed relay at the Asian
Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia 2018. Anas is also amongst the handful athletes who have qualified for the
Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the 4x400 M Mixed Relay event. The whole nation, including the athletics fraternity,
have recognized Yahiya’s for his incredible speed and his determination to push the limits.
It would not be wrong to say that this is just the beginning of a very fruitful career for a very promising