|Profession||Athlete and banker (sports quota)|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Birmingham 2022 Height||in centimeters- 179 cm
in meters- 1.79 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 10½”
|Birmingham 2022 Weight||in kilograms- 72 kg
in pounds- 159 lbs
|Track and field|
|International Debut||Asian Junior Championship in June 2017|
|Event(s)||400m, 800m, and relay|
|Coach(es)||• Arvind Kapoor
• Galina Bukharina
|Records (main ones)||• 2017: National record in the junior boys’ U20 400m event at the 33rd Coromandel National Junior Athletic Championship 2017 with a timing of 46.59 seconds, breaking the previous record of Virender Pank, created in 2006 with a timing of 46.99 seconds. The Times of India
• 2020: Asian record of 3 minutes and 25 seconds at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in 4*400 men's relay, breaking the previous record of 3:00.56 set by Qatar at the Asian Games 2018. The Hindu
2016: Asian Junior Championship at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (men's 800m category)
2017: Asian Athletics Championship 2017, Bhubneshwar
2017: 33rd Coromandel National Junior Athletic Championship, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
2019: 5th International Balkan Relay Cup 2019 in Erzurum, Turkey
2021: 21st Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championship, Patiala
2016: Asian Junior Championship at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (men's 4x400m relay)
|Date of Birth||2 May 1998|
|Age (as of 2022)||24 Years|
|College/University||• Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, New Delhi, India
• Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab
|Educational Qualifications||• Bachelor of Commerce The Indian Express
• Bachelor of Physical Education Hindustan Times
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father- Name not known
Mother- Mary Kutty (a head nurse at the Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital in New Delhi)
|Siblings||Sister- Ansu Jacob
Some Lesser Known Facts About Amoj Jacob
- Amoj Jacob is an Indian track and field athlete, who is well-known for his participation in 400m, 800m, and relay. Amoj Jacob booked his position in the relay team for the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, England.
- Since childhood, Amoj was interested in football. While studying in school, he was spotted during a football match by Arvind Kapoor, a physical trainer in his school. He advised Amoj to specialize as a sprinter. In an interview, he talked about Amoj and said,
- Initially, Amoj Jacob started his career as a 100m sprinter, but his coach Arvind Kapoor advised him to train for 400m and 800m running events.
- On 5 May 2016, Amoj won the boy’s 800m event at the 4th Junior Federation Cup National Athletics Championship at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.
- In June 2016, Amoj participated in the Asian Junior Championship in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in two categories, men’s 800m and 4x400m relay.
- In July 2017, he competed in the 4x400m men’s relay at the Asian Athletics Championships at Bhubneshwar along with his teammates Kunhu Muhammed, Arokia Rajiv, and Mohammad Anas with a reported timing of 3:02.92 minutes.
- In April 2018, Amoj, along with his team members, Noah Nirmal Tom, Muhammed Ajmal, and Muhammed Anas Yahiya reached the finals of the men’s 4*400 relay in the Commonwealth Games held in Australia.
- During the Commonwealth Games 2018, Amoj collapsed on the track while running in the finals for the 4*400 men’s relay. His teammates rushed toward him to take him off the tracks, which led to their elimination from the game.
- Amoj competed in the men’s 4x400m relay in Tokyo Olympics 2020 along with his teammates Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Arokia Rajiv, and Noah Nirmal Tom. Amoj ran the last leg with a reported timing of 44.68 seconds. Though, they broke the Asian record for men’s 4*400 relay, but couldn’t qualify for the finals.
Watch Amoj Jacob's finishing blitz that helped India finish fourth in heat 2 and sprint straight into the history books. 🙌#StrongerTogether | #UnitedByEmotion | #Tokyo2020 | #BestOfTokyo pic.twitter.com/gdDYPX2RLD
— Olympic Khel (@OlympicKhel) August 6, 2021
- Amoj competed in the men’s 400m category with a timing of 45.68 seconds in the 21st Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championship in March 2021 at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports in Patiala.
- In 2021, he won the men’s 400m event at the Indian Grand Prix-2 (held in Thiruvananthapuram in March) and Indian Grand Prix-3 ( held in Bhubaneswar in May) with a reported time of 46.00 seconds and 45.70 seconds respectively.
- In an interview, talking about winning the gold medal in the 21st Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championship 2021, Amoj said,
- Amoj Jacob was recruited by the Bank of India under the sports quota in August 2021.
Bank of India is proud of its newly recruited officer, Amoj Jacob, for making the entire Nation proud. He clocked the best timing in the Men's 4*400 mtrs relay heats at the Tokyo Olympics! #Cheer4India #AmojJacob #RelayHeats #Olympics #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/yLsm6iHZ8t
— Bank of India (@BankofIndia_IN) August 8, 2021
- In March 2022, Amoj won the men’s 400m race at the Indian Grand Prix-1 held at Thiruvananthapuram, and he finished with a time of 45.98 seconds.
- In June 2022, Amoj won in the men’s 400m category at the 61st National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships in Chennai at a clocked time of 45.68 seconds.
- Amoj follows a ritual in which he recites a small prayer at the beginning and end of the event.
- In an interview, on being asked if losing affects him or not, Amoj said,
- In an interview, Amoj revealed that due to the poor financial condition of his home, he was not able to focus on his game. Further, he said,
Dad hasn’t had any work since 2017. All the responsibility of the house rests with my mother, who is a nurse in a government hospital. The younger sister has started going to college. He has to think about his studies and further expenses. Mother’s income is not enough to save anything. Now the pressure is increasing on me to take care of the household responsibilities.”
- In 2022, Amoj Jacob was injured during the 4x400m men’s relay at the National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championship. As a result, he had to withdraw his participation from the men’s 4x400m relay at the Eugene World Athletic Championship 2022. In an interview, talking about his injury, Amoj said
I had recovered from the hamstring injury and had resumed training but I was yet to attain my peak fitness so that is why I decided to pull out of the World meet. Now I am working my way to full fitness and happy with my progress. If everything goes well I will be ready for the Commonwealth Games. But I need to run a few races before the Commonwealth Games to test my fitness. But I am not sure about participating in any competitive meets before the Commonwealth Games.” Sportstar