My Father Ate Cattle Feed So That I Could Have Eaten Well: Gold Medallist Gomathi 

Gomathi Marimuthu - Sakshi Post

Hyderabad: In our path to the road of success, our parents stand as a pillar of strength and inspiration, often at the cost of their sacrifice. Here is one story that talks about the unconditional sacrifice one's father does in order for their children to follow their passion.

Gomathi Marimuthu won gold in 800-m Asian Athletics Championships. After her win she, what she reflected was the testing times she had to endure, but that could not deter her will to be a champion. She was gratitude filled for her late father.

"When I used to do sports, my father had a leg ailment and he was unable to walk. He had a two-wheeler and that was a big deal for us back then. We did not have good bus facility to go to the city, there was no electricity in my town and the roads weren't good either," she said.

"If I woke up at 4 a.m., I could catch the 4.30 bus. So my father would wake me up at 4, sharp, putting an alarm. If my mother was not feeling well, my father only would give me water, boil milk... all these things he would only do."

Tears rolled down her cheek as she said she misses him and can't forget that one day when he ate cattle feed and gave the food to the Asian winner.

"I miss my father. Since I was into sports, and we didn't have much food, he kept aside some for me and ate cattle feed for himself. I can never forget that one day,” she said as tears rolled down her cheeks. "If only my father was around today, I consider him to be like God."

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