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Suresh Babu

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameSuresh•Babu
Used nameSuresh•Babu
Born10 February 1953 in Kollam, Kerala (IND)
Died19 February 2011 in Ranchi, Jharkhand (IND)
Measurements187 cm / 72 kg
NOC India

Biography

Suresh Babu excelled in several jumps, winning a total of 15 Indian titles in three distinct events: high jump (six), long jump (three), triple jump (three) and decathlon (three). He debuted internationally at the Munich Olympics, bowing out in the qualification, but did better at the 1974 Asian Games, where he won a bronze in the decathlon. A year later, he became Asian champion in that same discipline. In the long jump, he won gold at the 1978 Asian Games, and bronze in the Commonwealth Games that same year. Babu’s last international medal came in 1979, when he was runner-up at the Asian Championships in the long jump. Although he retired after that performance, he remained involved in athletics as a coach and administrator. He died in 2011 while attending the Indian National Games in Jharkhand.

Personal Best: HJ – 2.09 (1978); LJ – 7.97 (1979); TJ – 16.18 (1976); Dec (1962 tables) – 7380 (1973).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics IND Suresh Babu
High Jump, Men (Olympic) 40 r1/2

Special Notes