Nepal’s first Olympian Bhupendra Silwal (1935-2012), running barefoot at the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo. Despite the bloody feet, he still came seventh. People poured water on his feet as he was running and many even took pictures just focus
ing on his legs.
(Respect the Japanese woman of heart in the picture as well)
Sadly, the veteran athlete Bhupendra Silwal has passed away while undergoing treatment for stomach tumor and other ailments at Army Hospital, Chhauni. He was 78.
A resident of Godavari, Lalitpur, Silwal was a marathon runner in Nepal’s small team at the country’s first ever Olympics in 1964 Tokyo Games. For the feat, the association of Non-Residential Nepalis in United Kingdom (NRN-UK) invited Silwal to see the 2012 Olympic Games in London and also honoured him amid a programme.
Talking with the BBC recently, he had recounted his experiences at the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo, when he was forced to run barefoot. He said he ended his first international race with tarmac stuck so badly to the soles of his feet that when he tried to get it off using a needle, his feet were left bloody.
What a man, I really admire such determination. ♥