Shivnath Singh – Wikipedia

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Indian long-distance runner

Shivnath Singh

Personal information
Born (1946-07-11)July 11, 1946
Majharia, Buxar, India
Died June 6, 2003(2003-06-06) (aged 56)
Jamshedpur, India
Country  India
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 5000 metres, 10000 metres, Marathon
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 10000 m: 28:58.1 (1978)[1]
marathon: 2:12 (1978) NR
Updated on 25 November 2018.

Shivnath Singh (July 11, 1946 – June 6, 2003) was one of the few great long-distance runners that India has produced. Singh represented India twice in the Asian games and twice at the Summer Olympics (1976 and 1980). He was born in Majharia, Buxar, Bihar in India.[2] He joined the Indian Army in the Bihar Regiment and rose to the rank of Naib Subedar.[2] He died on 6 June 2003 at Jamshedpur, India after a prolonged illness.[3] He still holds India’s national record for the marathon which he set in 1978.[4] His is the longest standing athletics record in Indian history.

He represented India at the 1976 Summer Olympics and placed 11th in the 1976 Olympic Men’s Marathon.[3] He dropped out of the 1980 Olympic Men’s Marathon in Moscow.

Shivnath Singh competed barefoot throughout his running career.[5] He holds the Indian national marathon record with a best time (2:12:00), a feat that he achieved in Jalandhar in 1978.[3]



  1. ^ Shivnath Singh at World Athletics
  2. ^ a b

    “Remembering Shivnath Singh, India’s Greatest Marathon Runner”. The Wire. Retrieved 8 May 2022.

  3. ^ a b c “A great distance runner is no more”. The Hindu. 7 June 2003. Retrieved 25 November 2018.[dead link]
  4. ^ “Shivnath Singh was a brave runner with a heart of gold”. TOI. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  5. ^ “Shivnath Singh was a brave runner with a heart of gold – Times of India”. The Times of India. Archived from the original on 26 February 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  6. ^ “Shivnath Singh: India’s lion-hearted runner”. sportskeeda. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2018.

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