OST Sports Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 7:
The 21-year-old sprinter got the opportunity after the world famous Racers Track Club, founded by Mills at Jamaica, accepted his request.
“During my 4-month training stint, I would sharpen my skills to improve my timing to qualify for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow in Canada scheduled in July-August followed by the Asian Games at Incheon in South Korea in September-October this year”, Mallick told reporters at a press briefing organised by the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) at Mumbai on Monday.
An employee of IOCL, Mallick has proved his skills as a sprinter in the 100 and 200 metre sprint at the state and national level. He had won a gold medal in 200-metre sprint clocking 21.22 seconds at the National Athletic Championship held in Ranchi in September last year. He has got the opportunity to be trained at Jamaica on the basis of his performance.
The talented Odisha sprinter, who has the best individual timing of 10.50 seconds in the 100-metre and 21.22 seconds in the 200-metre sprint, aims to better the national record in 200-metre sprint set by Ani Kumar with a timing of 20.73 seconds.
“I have the confidence that I would qualify for the Commonwealth and Asian Games if I better my individual timing by even a fraction of a second. I am also confident that I would win a medal at the Asian Games if I better the national record in 200-metre sprint”, Mallick said.