Ankur was born in a small village in Uttar Pradesh, and started suffering from a gradual loss in vision when he was 4 years old. By the time he turned 5, Ankur had become engulfed in complete darkness in vision. On the suggestion of his doctor he moved to Delhi and attended JPM Senior Secondary School for the Blind at Lodhi Road. He first competed internationally while still in school.
After passing out of school with commendable grades, Ankur enrolled at the prestigious St. Stephen’s College, while simultaneously pursuing his passion for sport. The multi-faceted athlete has excelled at turning in excellent grades while fulfilling the demands of a career in competitive sport. He trains under coach Satyapal Singh, and stays close to his coach, who picks him up and drops him off after practice. Other than this, Ankur is largely independent and as per the rules for blind runners in athletics, he competes with his arm tied to that of a guide runner.
A multiple Asian Para Games medallist, Ankur represented India for the very first time at a Paralympic Games, when he lined up against the world’s best in Rio 2016.
- Gold medal in the Men’s 800m event at the 18th National Para Athletics Championships, 2018
- Represented India at the Paralympics in Rio, 2016
- 1 silver (800m) and 2 bronze medals (1500m and 5000m) at the Para Asian Games in Incheon (Korea), 2014